Podcast: Can Australia make its waste work?

30 August 2019

Episode summary

This week on Policy Forum Pod we take a look at the future of Australia’s waste management and recycling by exploring onshore and offshore processing solutions and by finding out what individuals and the government can do.

Episode notes

In 2017, China cracked down on foreign waste processing by banning the import of many recyclable materials. It was a move that created huge challenges for many countries across the world – including Australia – that had previously been dependent on China for their recycling. This decision has raised major concerns about the future of waste management. With insufficient onshore processing facilities, Australia urgently needs to resolve its waste woes. On this Policy Forum Pod, we hear from Leo Dobes, Esther Hughes and Ron Wainberg about the challenges presented by waste management and recycling, and how governments and individuals can tackle them. Listen here:

Presenters Paul Wyrwoll and Professor Sharon Bessell lead the discussion and tackle some of your questions and comments as well.

Leo Dobes is an Honorary Associate Professor of Crawford School and teaches a Masters course in Cost-Benefit Analysis. He worked almost 30 years in the Australian public service in many Senior Executive Service level roles.

Esther Hughes is an Environmental Consultant at MRA Consulting Group and the former Environmental Consultant to Blacktown City Council.

Ron Wainberg is the Technical Director of MRA Consulting Group and a fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is also a member of the International Solid Waste Association.

Sharon Bessell is the Director of the Children’s Policy Centre in Crawford School and the ANU lead on the Individual Deprivation Measure project. She currently teaches the courses Global Social Policy and Development Theories and Themes at Crawford School.

Paul Wyrwoll is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Climate and Energy Policy in the Crawford School, ANU. He is an environmental and resources economist who works on energy, water, and climate change.

This episode has been produced by the team at Policy Forum, with executive production by Martyn Pearce, writing by Lydia Kim and Lilliana Cazabon-Mitchell, and editing by Branko Cvetojević.

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