WMAA National Divisions


The National Divisions support the development of the industry sector in Australia, acting as a forum for discussion and information sharing.

WMAA has four National Divisions, which focus on a specific special interest area at a national level:

  • Landfill 
  • Resource & Energy Recovery 
  • Biohazard Waste Industry Australia and New Zealand 
  • Carbon Division
To access resources and papers from each of the Divisions please visit the Member Portal.

Landfill Division
The National Landfill Division exists to promote and improve the landfill industry. The Division members consider that landfill is the most appropriate method for the disposal of residual waste in nearly all circumstances in Australia.

Resource & Energy Recovery (R&ER) Division

Formerly the Energy from Waste Division of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA), the Resource & Energy Recovery (R&ER) Division supports the development of a viable R&ER industry that operates within the framework of ecologically sustainable development.

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

The objectives of the R&ER Division are to:

  • facilitate sharing of relevant information among its members
  • provide support for appropriate and sustainable R&ER initiatives in Australia
  • contribute to the development and promotion of an understanding of R&ER issues within the waste profession and the wider community.

The Division has state-based working groups in most Australian states and hosts periodic seminars at both a state and national level.


Carbon Division

The WMAA National Carbon Division was formed in 2008 to:

  • help share information with the industry about the unfolding carbon policy framework, its impacts on different parts of the industry, how those impacts might be managed, and about the interactions between waste management and climate change generally
  • provide a forum for discussing these issues
  • provide a vehicle for responding to government proposals.

The Division works closely with the WMAA National Landfill Division, the industry sector most directly affected by carbon policy. The National Carbon Division, however, also considers the perspectives of landfill customers and other affected waste management sectors (e.g. recyclers and organics processors).


Biohazard Waste Industry Australia & NZ
BWI, a Division of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA), was formed in 1994 (changing its name from ANZCWMIG in 2007) to develop and promote consistent standards for the management of biohazardous wastes based on what is recognised as 'best practice'. Members of BWI include waste transporters/disposal facility operators, consultants to the healthcare sector, tertiary institutions, medical device manufacturers and other stakeholders.

If you are a clinical waste generator, you may be interested in joining BWI's Associate Health Care Group.