AIEN Event

Separating fact and fiction

10:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesday 21 September 2021


AIEN Member: $77 inc GST
Non Member $110 inc GST

Across the country, there is momentum at the local, state and national level to tackle the issue of plastic litter in the environment and to make consumer packaging more recyclable.

The National Packaging Targets aim to ensure that 100% of packaging is to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. The NSW Government is also mandating compulsory FOGO collections by councils by 2030, which will need to be supported by the use of compostable bags made of ‘bioplastics’ to make it easy for households to separate and recycle this waste stream.

To achieve these policy targets, bioplastics, or plastics made from natural biodegradable material, will play an important role in society. Question being, how do we manage these materials, so they don’t impact the existing collection systems and infrastructure the country has for conventional plastic recycling? Will bioplastics deliver the environmental benefits that governments are seeking to achieve?

To explore these issues and shape the agenda for the appropriate use of bioplastics, AIEN is pleased to host a two-part series commencing with a webinar designed to draw out the issues as seen from the perspectives of different stakeholder groups. 

The second part of the series will be a workshop (tentatively set for Feb 2022 in Sydney) to discuss the issues that were raised during the webinar and seek to find common ground and move forward with holistic policy recommendations for the appropriate management of bioplastics.

The outcomes from these two events will be summarised in a paper to be published shortly after the workshop. The AIEN intends to continue to pursue resolution of any outstanding issues.

We look forward to your involvement in this important industry event.


Welcome and housekeeping
Colin Barker, Chair – Australian Industrial Ecology Network
Setting the scene and webinar/workshop series objectives
Hugh Williams, Marketstrat Business Advisors
A National Compostable Packaging Strategy for Australia
Lily Barnett, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
Compostable Film Solutions
Scott Morton, BioBag World Australia
Comfort Break
The Bioplastic Product Market Opportunity – Green Bags – A user perspective
Tracey Chalk, Penrith City Council
The Downstream Challenges Outlined
Separation and Recycling Systems
Kurt Palmer, CEMAC Technologies
Charlie Emery, Soilco
Comments, Questions and Discussion
What’s Next? – February 2022 Workshop Introduction
Hugh Williams, Marketstrat Business Advisors
Webinar Close


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Hugh Williams

Hugh Williams

Marketstrat Business Advisors

Hugh is an experienced management consultant to a broad range of small and medium sized organisations, facilitating strategic planning workshops and providing business plans, marketing plans, budgeting and ongoing marketing and management advice. He has worked with clients in the Greenwaste recycling sector and has provided support to The Australian Ecology Network (AIEN).

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree and is a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing.

He founded Marketstrat Business Advisors Pty Ltd in 1986 and he spent many years as a volunteer Policy Committee Chairman and Board member of the NSW Chamber of Commerce. Hugh has also been a member of the NSW State Government Small Business Development Corporation.

Lily Barnett

Lily Barnett

Program Manager, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation

With experience in the packaging, resource recovery and climate change sectors, Lily Barnett is passionate about engaging with industry and government to reduce the environmental impact of packaging throughout the entire value-chain. As the Program Manager at APCO, Lily is currently overseeing the implementation of a large suite of strategic projects, all aiming to drive Australia’s progress towards the 2025 National Packaging Targets. Managing the Australasian Recycling Label program to APCO Members, and facilitating both technical and marketing advisory committees, has evolved Lily’s passion for the need for a collective approach to drive towards a circular economy in packaging.

Scott Morton

Scott Morton

Managing Director, BioBag World Australia

A South Australian Small Business Award winner, Scott has been making plastic bags and films since 2006. In January 2018, Scott took over BioBag World Australia as Managing Director and part owner in a joint venture with the Norway-based global business. He believes compostable is now a true plastic alternative and the way of the future. A born entrepreneur, Scott is dedicated to providing innovative packaging solutions for industry.

Tracy Chalk

Tracy Chalk

Waste and Resource Recovery Manager, Penrith City Council

Tracy has a background in applied science with over 30 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors. She has performed a  variety of roles in the fields of  agriculture, environmental health and waste and resource recovery. Tracy is currently the Waste and Resource Recovery Manager at Penrith City Council where residential food and organic collection and processing contracts have operated since 2009.

Kurt Palmer

Kurt Palmer

Sales Specialist, CEMAC Technologies

Kurt Palmer has been in the recycling industry for over 10 years selling plant and equipment throughout South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He is focused on the promotion of technology to increase the recovery of recyclable material and reduce landfill. Kurt has a passion for recycling and reducing the environmental impact we are having on the planet.  He was a Director of the Australian Industrial Ecology Network for 2 years and is active in promoting a shift to a circular economy. He strongly believes that getting the highest net value from end-of-life products starts with the product design and wherever possible recovered recycled material should be used over virgin products. Kurt is a specialist in recovery technology with a focus on MRF recovery processes.

Charlie Emery

Charlie Emery

Managing Director, Soilco

Charlie joined SOILCO in 2001 and over the past 18 years has overseen the growth of the business through focusing on its core competency; provision of organics recycling services and production of quality assured soil, compost and mulch products. Prior to SOILCO, Charlie achieved tertiary qualifications in Science (Environmental Biology) and worked with a range of environmental, landscaping and horticultural businesses. Charlie is also a Board Member of the Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA).