The Waste Recycling Industry Association Queensland (WRIQ) takes great pleasure in inviting you to our 2024 Future Waste Resources Symposium from 31 July – 2 August 2024 at the Sea World Conference Centre on the Gold Coast.

Our waste recycling industry contains dedicated people with a combined thousands of years’ experience pioneering waste recycling in Queensland, interstate and overseas. Engage with Queensland’s waste industry leaders, local governments and State Government to identify practical solutions to Queensland’s waste and recycling challenges.

Following the release of the Queensland Government’s Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy (the Strategy) in July 2019, early results post implementation of the Strategy show that continued action is needed to achieve Queensland’s waste reduction goals and targets.

This unique conference brings together the resource recovery industry, government, manufacturing, businesses and the community to examine and develop strategies that improve waste management and resource recovery through collective action. At the core of this event are real-life, practical solutions addressing systemic issues that are holding the industry back from becoming a key player in Queensland’s economic future.

Timed strategically before the Queensland State Government election, the conference program offers a unique platform for industry engagement with government candidates. Featuring presentations by esteemed industry leaders and innovators, the agenda aims to showcase the achievements of the resource recovery sector while highlighting areas for improvement including innovation, waste diversion and value-adding to secondary resources.

The event will also serve as an important forum for discussions and brainstorming sessions to advance solutions that promote economic growth through a circular economy, stronger recycling practices, better design and manufacturing, resilient supply chains and reduced dependence on raw materials.

The event’s proceedings will culminate in a panel discussion with WRIQ Board members and the development of a communiqué outlining the industry’s priority list and a plan for progressing the industry.

The conference will also feature networking, social events and activities, including the WRIQ Industry Awards, which recognise and celebrate those individuals and projects that have displayed a level of excellence in their contribution to Queensland’s waste management and resource recovery sector.

Host Organisation


Waste, Recycling Industry Qld (WRIQ)

Representing more than 90 Queensland-based organisations ranging from multi-nationals through to small family owned and operated businesses, WRIQ engages in a broad range of state-specific issues of strategic importance to the sustainability and development of the sector.

WRIQ represents all aspects of the sector including major landfills, transfer stations, resource recovery facilities (including advanced manufacturing), sustainable and firming power facilities, and collection services.

For more than a decade, WRIQ has earned a reputation as a leader in sectoral policy development and driving change to improve the operating environment for Queensland’s waste management, recycling and resource recovery sectors. Recognised as a non-partisan organisation that works effectively with all levels of government, WRIQ is acknowledged as an influential and respected advocacy group in Queensland.

For more information about WRIQ visit: www.wriq.au


Sea World Resort Conference Centre
Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217

Set between the Gold Coast’s spectacular Broadwater and the Pacific Ocean, Sea World Resort is an idyllic location for conferences and events.

Sea World Resort is only a short walk away from special encounters with Sea World’s wonderful marine life.

We encourage you to bring the whole family and enjoy all Sea World has to offer, including heavily discounted park entry and accommodation options.


Australia’s Gold Coast is a unique city and one of the world’s best holiday and conferencing destinations. It has everything that is great about Australia, all in one easy to reach location. A spectacular coastline, World Heritage listed rainforest, an exciting city centre, golf courses, theme parks, shopping, restaurants and year round events.

A sun-kissed city by the sea, the Gold Coast is a place defined by an unmistakable energy. Each year, over 13 million visitors flock to the city, eager to soak up the sun, feel the sand between their toes and take part in the near limitless range of attractions and experiences.

Located on Australia’s South-East Queensland coastline, the Gold Coast is serviced by two major airports. Brisbane Domestic and International Airport is less than one-hours drive away, while Gold Coast Airport is just 30 minutes drive from the centre of Surfers Paradise. Direct flights to and from all Australian capital cities and regional areas, plus a majority of metropolitan centres across the globe are readily available through a wide range of airlines. The Gold Coast also has an extensive public transport network.

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