With 142 delegates, the 2019 Charitable Recycling Australia Conference was the biggest gathering of the charitable reuse, recycling and retail sector in Australia to date.
Building on the momentum of 2018’s conference, the calibre of speakers and the collaboration and networking opportunities was a real highlight of the event.
Attendees ranged from Charitable Recycling Australia member enterprises, government, councils and commercial organisations.
John Bradley, Secretary at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning formally opened the conference on Monday 14 October 2019. He did this on behalf of The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and in his keynote address, he acknowledged the charitable reuse, recycling and retail sector as long-standing practitioners of the Circular Economy. He also recognised Charitable Recycling Australia’s work on behalf of the sector.
This was followed by an impressive line-up of expert speakers and panels discussing how to realise 2020 Future Vision for the reuse, recycling and retail sector.
The previous year’s initial sessions on The Future of Recycling were further developed with practical strategies and learnings. These focused on how charitable reuse and recycling organisations can effectively tackle the challenges facing our sector and move into the 2020 future with robust strategies and operational plans.
The successful conference format saw Day 1 focus on Recycling/Reuse, and Day 2 on Retail/Responsible Donating.