The Road to a Future Ready Solution for Australia's Waste Worries

Finding future ready solutions for today’s problems is what we do best at WSP.

In 2019, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed Australia should establish a timetable to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres, while building Australia’s capacity to generate high value recycled commodities and associated demand.

 

Essentially Australia won't be able to export waste anymore past 2022.

 

Recently Austroads issued a tender asking firms to come up with a report that baselines the levels of recyclable materials in Australia, engage with the market and figure out what can be used in the construction of roads and related assets.

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Zac Clift (above), Business Analyst, in our Advisory team, says, “Basically they asked us how we could best deal with this waste ban? How can we best utilise our transport construction to help with this issue? It was clear to us that this was a project where the Future Ready methodology could be applied.

 

In a short timeframe, we pulled together a team of technical experts from our Asset Maintenance group and IrwinConsult to submit an impressive, bid winning submission!

 

“We were fortunate enough to have access to a range of experts both here and around the world to help us frame a picture of what waste and asset maintenance look like and how they can be used together to provide policy advice to our Transport Ministers,” says Zac.

 

Early Win for Future Ready

The team utilised WSP’s Future Ready framework and leveraged lessons learnt from projects overseas.

 

Graham Pointer, a Key Account Manager for Transport for NSW says he was excited to hear about the project in his role as the Australian Lead for Future Ready.

 

“The Future Ready framework helps guide our thinking and shape the way we understand the trends impacting our clients in Australia and around the globe,” says Graham.

 

Looking abroad, the team got in front of Future Ready highways in our London office where we do research and development around the recycled materials piece.

 

Locally, Maree Marshall, Associate Director - Waste Management played a key role in us winning the project given her understanding of the circular economy and what this means for waste in the future.

 

Graham says, “By sharing a forward-looking outlook with our clients, we enable our clients to think a little differently about their challenges and develop effective solutions.”

 

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