AIEN Event

Is Composting the Only Option for FOGO? New Technologies Driving Economic Value

10:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesday 23 November 2021


AIEN & AORA Members: $77 inc GST
Non Member $110 inc GST

Webinar supported by:

The recovery of co-collected food and garden organics (FOGO) is becoming a widespread trend across Australia, gaining significant momentum with the public and councils.

To meet this demand, the recycled organics sector and the composting industry have grown exponentially, with organics recycling increasing from 5.15 million tonnes in 2006/07 to almost 7 million tonnes in 2018/19. Despite this shift, by weight, up to halfof the average red bin disposed to landfill is still food and garden organics.

To help drive improvements in recycling rates for municipal and commercial / industrial wastes, recovery of FOGO is considered critical. By 2030, the NSW State Government will implement compulsory FOGO collections by all councils, with other states and territories following suit by rapidly employing various FOGO collection and recycling programs.

As FOGO implementation escalates across the nation, the AIEN sets out to explore opportunities and technologies beyond the well demonstrated options of windrow and in-vessel composting.

Through a number of seminars and webinars, the AIEN will demonstrate various innovative technologies that are deployed world-wide to derive more economic value from the nutrients and organic matter recovered from FOGO, assisting the councils and industry expand the range of infrastructure opportunities to support the sustainable and cost-effective diversion of organics from landfill.

This introductory webinar will serve as an overview of various topics, technologies and issues facing the industry and councils in implementing a successful FOGO program and will serve as a springboard for future events.

Attendee feedback will guide the AIEN in shaping and developing subsequent content specific to the industry and councils’ needs and interests, which will then be presented in future webinars in the series.


Welcome and housekeeping
Colin Barker, Chair – Australian Industrial Ecology Network
Setting the scene and webinar objectives
Dr Mark Jackson, Director, Jackson Environment and Planning & AIEN
State of play overview
Peter Olah,National Executive Officer, Australian Organics Recycling Association
Driving FOGO collection programs by 2030 – NSW Government’s Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy
Amanda Kane, Manager Organics, NSW EPA
The Path to Half – Solutions to Halve Victoria’s Food Waste by 2030
Matt Genever, Chief Operating Officer, Sustainability Victoria
Comfort Break
Byron Bioenergy Facility – FOGO into compost and biogas for green electricity
John Hart, Senior Program Manager, Byron Shire Council and Simon Toal, Skala Australasia
Richgro’s Jandakot bioenergy project – Commercial food anaerobic digestion plant
Tim Richards, Managing Director Richgro
Walkthrough HZI Kompogas® ’s latest anaerobic digestion plants in Europe
Dr Marc Stammbach, Director, Hitachi Zosen Inova Australia
Comments, Questions and Discussion
Webinar Close


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Dr Mark Jackson

Dr Mark Jackson

Director and Principal Consultant, Jackson Environment and Planning

Mark is a nationally recognised waste management specialist and has 26 years’ experience in the field. He is the Director of Jackson Environment and Planning, a consulting firm dedicated to supporting the waste and recycling industry with planning approvals, EPA licencing and regulatory support. Previous to this, Mark over a 12-year period held senior management positions in the NSW Environment Protection Authority, leading some of the largest recycling industry development, regulatory support and infrastructure investment programs in the country’s history.
Peter Olah

Peter Olah

National Executive Officer, Australian Organics Recycling Association

Peter Olah is the National Executive Officer of AORA, the Australian Organics Recycling Association. Peter is an experienced association leader, having served as CEO of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, the Council of Mayors (SEQ), the Rural Fire Service Association and Scouts Australia (NSW).
Amanda Kane

Amanda Kane

Organics Manager, NSW EPA

Amanda Kane leads the NSW Government’s organics program.  Since 2015, she has been leading the delivery of the $105.5 million Waste Less, Recycle More Organics Infrastructure Fund, which has supported household and business FOGO, as well as a $46 million investment in processing infrastructure. Building on this experience, planning is now underway to meet the NSW Government commitment for net zero emissions of organics waste from landfill by 2030 and new strategy mandates requiring food waste recycling for all households by 2030 and high food waste generating businesses from 2025.

John Hart

John Hart

Senior Program Manager, Byron Shire Council

John Hart is a Chemical Engineer with nearly 30 years’ experience working on environmental and infrastructure related works, across the governmental, industry and resources sectors. John has a passion for applying the tenets of sustainability and finding the nexus between energy efficiency and functional design. John has particular expertise in water and waste treatment process design, and has been applying his knowledge and experience to renewable energy projects for nearly 15 years. He has been working on the Byron Shire Bioenergy Facility project since 2017.

Simon Toal

Simon Toal

Director, Skala Australasia

Simon is an experienced project and design manager with a proven record of successful outcomes in major multi-disciplinary projects. His management and project experience includes the delivery of infrastructure and buildings for the Air Force, government authorities, waste management companies, a variety of major industrial clients and councils. Since 2012 Simon has managed SKALA and his key focus is on the growth of the business capabilities within the organics, biomass and recycling sectors. Simon offers clients a variety of experience in complex multi-disciplinary projects, including industrial, defence, aviation, ports and recycling sectors.

Matt Genever

Matt Genever

Chief Operating Officer, Sustainability Victoria

Matt Genever is Chief Operating Officer at Sustainability Victoria, a statutory agency that seeks to promote the sustainable use of resources. Matt has spent almost 20 years working across the waste and resource recovery sector, in government, industry and not-for-profit roles. A recognised leader in the sector, Matt brings knowledge across a broad range of waste and recycling issues, from policy and regulation, through technology, materials efficiency and markets for waste-derived commodities.   

Tim Richards

Tim Richards

Managing Director, Richgro

Tim Richards is a Director of Richgro Garden Products.  The company was founded in 1916 and today it remains’ a family run business, Tim is part of the fourth generation to be working in the company.  Tim has a passion for creating sustainable products for the future, and actively works in cutting edge areas of the industry to help the company stay at the forefront of the Garden industry in Australia.  Tim has actively served on various boards and committees at both a State and National level.
Dr Marc Stammbach

Dr Marc Stammbach

Director, Hitachi Zosen Inova Australia

Dr Marc Stammbach designed, marketed and built recycling and processing facilities for more than 30 years in environmental and large-scale investment industries in Australia and Europe. Today, he manages the local subsidiary of HZI to deliver EfW solutions to the Oceania market. The 300,000 tpy East Rockingham RRF is currently in construction and scheduled for operation in late 2022.