NSW State Branch Committee
President Garth Lamb
Vice President Andrew Kosciuszko

NSW Working Groups
  • Carbon Committee
  • Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling
  • Hunter Regional Group
  • Landfill
  • Resource & Energy Recovery
  • Waste Educators
  • Young Professionals
NSW Carbon Committee

The NSW Carbon Committee is a working group of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA). The Group provides support, information, advocacy and leadership to waste industry professionals who have an interest in carbon policy issues.

Objectives of the working group are:

  • To share knowledge on key issues and developments relating to Carbon Policy for the waste and resource recovery industry
  • To be an open channel of communication between facility operators, regulators and other stakeholders
  • To inform and influence policy on issues relating to Carbon in NSW
  • Contribute to the development and promotion of an understanding of Carbon issues within the waste profession and the wider community in NSW
  • To provide input into national issues through the WMAA National Carbon Committee

Membership of the NSW Carbon Committee is open to all financial members of WMAA. Members generally consist of waste contractors, local and state government, consultants, legal advisors and waste generators.

The Working Group is part of the WMAA National Carbon Committee and has a representative on the WMAA NSW Branch Committee.

Meetings are generally held each month and teleconference facilities are provided for members in regional areas.

NSW Construction & Demolition (C&D) Waste Recycling Working Group

The NSW Construction & Demolition (C&D) Waste Recycling Working Group provides a forum for C&D recyclers and others in the industry to discuss how to create a better industry and environment for recycling C&D waste materials.

Objectives of the working group are:

  • Foster the identification and expansion of sustainable markets
  • Develop and promote environmentally sustainable practices
  • Encourage increased professionalism in the C&D Recycling Industry
  • Develop, assess, and provide comment on issues and policies affecting the C&D Recycling Industry in NSW
  • Promote research and development into C&D Recycling technologies
  • Arrange and sponsor meetings, conferences and seminars or similar gatherings on subjects of interest to the C&D Recycling Industry
  • Promote consumer confidence by developing and supporting high industry standards for C&D Recycling
  • Educate communities about the benefits of using recycled C &D materials
  • Engage with relevant industry associations (e.g. Master Builders, Property Council, UDIA) to highlight the benefits of recycling C&D materials and how various C&D materials can be recycled rather than disposed to landfill 
  • Promote on site C&D Recycling and management practices which avoid the creation of waste
  • Make available general information, education material and technical information on the C&D Recycling Industry

Membership of the NSW C&D Working Group is open to all financial members of WMAA. Members generally consist of recyclers, local and state government, consultants, equipment suppliers and academics.
The Working Group is part of the WMAA National C&D Division, which was formed in 1998, and has a representative on the WMAA NSW Branch Committee


Hunter Regional Group

The Hunter Regional Group meets on a regular basis as a forum for networking. The typical role of the group can include, but is not limited to:

  • Sharing knowledge on key issues / latest developments
  • Developing a Calendar of events in the Hunter Region to promote the industry, provide training opportunities and increase awareness in key areas for the industry/ sectors in the region
  • Preparing submissions to the NSW Government on key issues affecting the region's industry or a sector of the industry
  • Preparing a regular summary of activities

NSW Landfill Working Group

Landfill NSW is a working group of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA). The Group was formed to promote and improve the landfill industry in NSW It provides support, information, advocacy and leadership to waste industry professionals who have an interest in landfills.

Objectives of the working group are:

  • To share knowledge on key issues and developments for the landfill industry
  • To be an open channel of communication between landfill operators, regulators and other stakeholders
  • To inform and influence policy on issues relating to the landfill sector in NSW
  • To raise the public profile and perception of landfilling in NSW
  • To provide input into national issues through the WMAA National Landfill Division

Membership of the Landfill NSW Working Group is open to all financial members of WMAA. Members generally consist of landfill operators, local and state government, consultants, equipment suppliers and academics.

The Working Group is part of the WMAA National Landfill Division and has a representative on the WMAA NSW Branch Committee.


NSW Resource & Energy Recovery (R&ER) Working Group

The NSW Resource & Energy Recovery (R&ER) Working Group is part of the Resource & Energy Recovery National Division.

Like the WMAA R&ER Division, the Working Group also supports the development of a viable R&ER industry that operates within the framework of ecologically sustainable development.

The Working Group acknowledges that resources and/or energy may be recovered from the waste stream using a number of different technologies, and that the feasibility of each may differ by circumstance.

The Working Group aims to encompass energy from waste and alternative waste technology issues, in recognition of the frequent synergies between these technologies in maximising resource utilisation.


NSW Waste Educators Working Group

NSW Waste Educators Working Group is a working group of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA). The Group was formed to raise the profile of education within the waste and resource recovery industry and to encourage preferred practice waste education in state.  It provides support, information, advocacy and leadership for waste education professionals.

Objectives of the working group are:

  • To connect waste and environmental educators and share information and experiences
  • To raise the profile of education and its role in waste avoidance and resource recovery across government, industry and the broader community.
  • Ensure waste education is an integral part of public policy in NSW
  • Advance waste education as a profession  and promote recognition of excellence in the practice of waste education
  • To provide input into national issues through the WMAA National Waste Educators Division

Membership of the NSW Waste Educators Working Group is open to all financial members of WMAA. Members generally consist of waste educators and environmental officers working within Local (metropolitan and regional Councils) and State Government; and consultants working within the waste and environmental management industry.

The Working Group is part of the WMAA National Waste Educators Division and has a representative on the WMAA NSW Branch Committee.

Meetings are generally held each month and teleconference facilities are provided for members in regional areas.

NSW Young Professionals Working Group

The NSW Young Professionals (YPs) is a working group of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA).  The Group was formed to provide a forum for career development and networking for young professionals working or seeking work in the waste management industry.

Objectives of the working group are:

  • To increase the skills, knowledge and experience of young professionals
  • To provide opportunities for young professionals and facilitate career development
  • To empower young professionals to take an active role in the industry through WMAA

The NSW YPs do this by:

  • Promoting opportunities for increased training, mentorship and knowledge sharing
  • Providing tools and resources
  • Organising networking events and catered conference programs
  • Working to provide enhanced benefits for students and YPs through their WMAA membership

The Working Group also has a representative on the WMAA NSW Branch Committee and connects with similar working groups in QLD, SA and VIC.

Meetings are generally held each month and teleconference facilities can be provided for members in regional areas.

Young Professionals Courses

Waste Management Volunteer Programs