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e-Bulletin - November 2014

Special Forum Issue:

National Forum Tickets Still Available - Don't Miss Out!

Only two weeks to go until the National Forum, so if you haven't got your tickets already you better hurry! The forum is being held on the 20th-21st November in Adelaide. Tickets can be booked online here and to view the full forum program, click here.

The Chifley Hotel on South Terrace has offered us some discounted rates for conference attendees; the Deluxe Queen/Twin room is $130 per night and the standard Motel Room is $90 per night. We encourage delegates to stay at the Chifley and take the opportunity to network, chat and generally get to know others in CRN Australia outside of the jam-packed conference program. If you would like to book a room at the discounted rate, please ring 1300 272 132 or email, and let them know you are attending the CRN Australia Forum.

Thursday evening networking dinner
Following day 1 of the Forum on Thursday 20th November, we will be walking to a nearby venue for an informal networking dinner and drinks. The cost of this dinner is not included in registration fees, but we'll be sure to arrange something accessible. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know others in the network, or catch up with colleagues around the country.

For those on the Eastern seaboard, cheap flights to Adelaide are still available, but will book out quickly at this time of year. We suggest booking well ahead to get the cheapest deal possible. For those attending the Site Tours on Friday 21st November, we anticipate a finish time of 5pm at the latest, and will do our best to shuttle people to the airport as needed.

Notice of Annual General Meeting
The Community Recycling Network of Australia will hold its Annual General Meeting at 10:00am on Friday the 21st of November 2014, at the Chifley on South Terrace: 208 South Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000. All members of CRNA are warmly invited to attend.
  • Report of activities
  • Election of Office Bearers
  • Bulletin editor
  • Setting of Annual Fees
  • Options for legal incorporation: CRNA Committee moves that we incorporate as a Not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
  • CRNA finances: CRNA Committee moves that we take over administration of CRNA finances, including bank account.
  • Setting goals and priorities for 2015

Breakfast with the StaRRRs!

In conjunction with the CRN National Forum, Waste Management Association of Australia is holding a special breakfast on Friday 21st November. Join Candice Quartermain and Tim Silverwood for breakfast, followed by a panel discussion with Anna Minns of Terracycle and Matthew Luxon of Envision NZ. Tickets are $50 including breakfast and can be purchased from TryBooking here: , or for more information visit the events page of the CRN Website here.

Candice Quatermain - Circular Economy Australia.

Candice will be talking on the topic of Beyond the Three R's: Community Recyclers and the circular economy.
Candice Quartermain is founder and CEO of Circular Economy Australia. Candice believes that it’s one thing to intellectually and financially understand the Circular Economy, it really is another to get individuals and organisations to put this new thinking into practice.

Throwing facts and figures at people only gets you so far. Candice shows us how to engage individuals and organisations creatively and purposely, and in the process turning Circular Economy thinking into smart results. And transformative ones at that.

Candice has been strategically leading creative and technical teams on innovation projects for over 10 years. Her passion for connecting people and drive for good business practice is the force excelling Circular Economy Australia into the valued network represented today.

Tim Silverwood - Take3

Tim will be talking on the topic of user/polluter/waster pays systems and true product stewardship.

Tim Silverwood is an ordinary guy who somehow found himself at the forefront of a global movement. His personal decision to clean plastic from his favourite surfing beaches and inspire others to do the same has led him down an extraordinary path of scientific exploration, advocacy and activism.

Following years spent studying sustainability and working in the not for profit sector Tim co-founded the organisation, ‘Take 3 – A Clean Beach Initiative’ in 2009 that asks everyone to simply take 3 pieces of rubbish with them when they leave the beach, waterway or…anywhere.

Through his passionate advocacy and unrelenting enthusiasm for creating positive change Tim has helped inspire the broader populace to take simple yet fundamental steps towards ‘true’ sustainability.

In 2011 Tim participated in an exclusive research expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, sailing 5000km from Hawaii to Vancouver to study and document the accumulation of plastic in remote oceans. Tim continues to raise awareness globally on the complex and frightening problem of plastic pollution. Tim conducted a popular TEDx talk in 2011, regularly engages with the media on the issue and consults to government and industry on practical solutions to the problem.

Tim is a co-founder of Circular Economy Australia that works with business, government and the education sector to find genuine solutions to current unsustainable operations. Tim is a Director at ReChusable, an enterprise that aims to provide sustainable alternatives to disposable products.

Tim has been an ambassador for Keep Australia Beautiful, was a finalist in the 2013 Pride of Australia Awards, is an Australia Day Award winner, is co-founder of the Plastic Bag Free NSW campaign, a spokesperson for the Boomerang Alliance campaigning for better recycling and lends his skills to many projects around the world striving to reduce the impacts of waste on the environment.

Tim has facilitated over 200 educational seminars to schools, universities, businesses, community groups and government departments since 2011. Tim has an insatiable appetite to inspire positive change, witnessed in the growing success of his outreach activities and testimonials from leading figures.

Matthew Luxon - Envision NZ

Matthew will be talking on the topic of hard waste and the potential for CRE's to develop hard waste services.

Matthew is one of the directors of Envision NZ. For over 15yrs Envision has been providing consultancy services with a Zero Waste emphasis. With a focus on environmental improvement and local economic development, Envision provide support and advice for social and community enterprises, local government and private businesses eager to create positive change within their communities. Matthew, and Envision, are currently working closely with Auckland Council to help establish a Resource Recovery Network across the Auckland region and have supported community groups in building capacity and expertise to tender for operational contracts.

Anita Saunders - Finding Workable Solutions

Anita will be talking on the topic of hard waste and the potential for CRE's to develop hard waste services.

Anita is the General Manager of Business Development for Finding Workable Solutions (FWS). She has been involved in the research, development, instigation and expansion of the ‘Salvage & Save’ social enterprise model based in South Australia for the past 9 years.
The 4 sites (Goolwa, Mt Barker, Elizabeth and Murray Bridge) currently employ over 40 people with a disability and 15 supporting staff, earning over $1,000,000 per annum from recycled 2nd hand goods.
Anita’s vision is to see a social enterprise like Salvage & Save in every Australian town, employing local people who have difficulty in finding or keeping employment.

Guido Verbist - The Bower

Guido will be talking on the topic of of re-use and repair.

Guido Verbist has worked in the not-for-profit and commercial sector including managing a recycling centre in his native Belgium. Between 2000 and 2008 Guido managed Greenpeace International’s operations department.  He started as Co-operative Manager for The Bower in August 2013. His ambition is to establish The Bower as a long term partner for the city council’s waste management programs, create additional employment and training opportunities in the waste reuse and repair industry and give quality goods at affordable prices back to the community.

Erin Lewis Fitzgerald - Bright Sparks

Erin will be talking on the topic of upcycling, reuse and repair.

Erin has 20 years of experience in the journalism industry, as an editor, writer and photographer (if you need media advice, come say hello!). A lifelong mender and crafter, she joined community repair organisation Fix It! ( in 2012, rescuing all manner of clothing, zippers, umbrellas and toys and guiding their owners through the process. Her new venture is Bright Sparks (, a social enterprise that will repair and reuse small electrical appliances to keep them out of landfill.

Anna Minns - Terracycle Australia

Anna will be talking on the topic of hard-to-recycle wastes and opportunities.

Anna Minns, 35, is the General Manager of TerraCycle, Australia & New Zealand. She worked with the TerraCycle team for six months in the United States before bringing TerraCycle down under. She is a Solicitor, with a background in criminal and industrial law. Anna was involved in the creation of GetUp! She is the founder of Daily Lime a blog providing fun, digestible tips on how to lead a greener lifestyle. She was also nominated as one of Australia’s Most Clickable Women! Anna spends all her spare time chasing after her two small boys.

Miles Lochhead - Renewable Recyclers

Miles will be drawing on 20+ years of diverting waste from landfill including many iterations of ‘Clean-Ups’.  Most recently, Renewable Recyclers provided ‘Clean-Up’ services to Kiama Municipal Council in the Illawarra of NSW with around 60% diversion from landfill.  Miles will also provide an update on the e-waste industry particularly the Review of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS).

Miles Lochhead is the Business Manager at Renewable Recyclers in Wollongong, NSW Australia.  Miles has spent 20+ years in the waste management industry concentrating on resource recovery and the pursuit of sustainable solutions for 20 of those years….

Renewable Recyclers was recently recognised in the NSW Green Globe Awards, taking out the Regional Sustainability Award. Miles is the current Convenor of the Community Recycling Network of Australia (CRN Australia) and an active member of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA).

Before taking up the Renewable Recyclers position, Miles was the manager of the Resource Recovery Centre at Moss Vale, NSW Australia which was awarded Business of the Year in 2006 and Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) National Transfer Station of the Year in 2007.

A background in agriculture and permaculture has provided Miles with a good ‘grounding’ on the value of resources and the need to conserve and reuse. He has presented at national and international conferences including the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress, Melbourne, Australia 2003.  In 2005, Miles travelled overseas on a WMAA ‘Zero Waste’ scholarship.

Miles has a keen interest in developing Community Recycling Centres / ‘Industrial Ecology’ Hubs in the Illawarra Region of NSW (and beyond).  In association with these projects, Miles is working with CRN Australia and Resource Recovery Australia to develop a skills sharing/training ‘Worker Exchange’program.

Miles enjoys growing things (particularly food to reduce ‘food miles’), and making useful ‘stuff’ out of other people’s redundant ‘stuff’.    He has a passion for ‘resource’ conservation (hates waste) and is into community activism / swimming / cycling / alternative energy, he looks forward to the progression of the ‘Circular Economy’…….

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