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This three-day event themed ‘Making domestic headway within a global challenge’ will explore potential opportunities for Australian industry and what the plastic/polymer re-use/recycling sector might develop in the future.

The improved management of plastic waste streams across our economy is critical if we are to:

  • Reduce the impacts of plastic waste and microplastics on the environment, our food chains and our health;
  • Maximise the benefits available from sustainable use of plastics while minimising the adverse impacts associated with overuse; and
  • Mitigate the impacts of climate change through reduction in the carbon footprint associated with the production, use and recovery of plastics.
  • Support brand owners in rolling out product stewardship programs for the collection and recycling of used packaging materials.

Furthermore, improved management of plastics within the Australian economy will likely open-up many commercial opportunities for resource use minimisation, re-use and recycling including:

  • Minimisation of otherwise valuable resources reporting to landfill;
  • Empowerment of the Waste Industry, Local Government and State Government to drive the agenda for improved outcomes and plastic related resource management targets; and
  • Creation of new “lower carbon footprint” industries based upon improvements in plastics resource utilisation and management.

This conference will bring together policy experts from all levels of government, industry leaders and early industry adopters to highlight the opportunities in Australia’s approach to plastics and waste plastics management. It will also provide participants with an opportunity to engage, network, discuss and help shape policy, programs and investment in Australia’s increasingly important resource management sector.


Novotel Melbourne Preston
215 Bell Street
Preston VIC 3072

Novotel Melbourne Preston is located in Melbourne’s vibrant inner north and features 383 guestrooms and suites. The hotel features a great restaurant, café and resort style facilities with a 24-hour gym and sauna.

Just 20 minutes from both the Melbourne CBD and the airport, the hotel is conveniently accessible, has 600 onsite parking spaces and public transport options within walking distance. There is a bus stop in front of the hotel, the 86 tram stop minutes away and the train station 10 minutes by foot.


The Australian Industrial Ecology Network (AIEN) is a vibrant network of like-minded individuals, companies, and institutions with a common interest in sustainable development through the study and practice of industrial ecology.

AIEN aims to bring industry, government, and community stakeholders together to capitalise on Industrial Ecology opportunities and resolve emerging issues with coordinated solutions.