Circular Economy II





1 hour and 10 minutes


Mapping out the resource recovery and recycling opportunities across industry markets.

Chair: Karinne Taylor, Principal Consultant, MRA Consulting

Creating a packaging circular economy
Barry Cosier, Director, Sustainability - Australian Food & Grocery Council

Finding a Better Fit – Building Back Better through the Circular Economy
Blake Lindley, Director, Australian Circular Textiles Association (ACTA)

Reaching our shared future potential
Mark Smith, CEO, Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland

Creating local markets for recycled materials - recovered material specifications, challenges and solutions
Rose Read, CEO, National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC)


Rose Read sends her apologies for not being able to join this session due to personal reasons. She will share a brief presentation with the conference organisers at a later date for attendees to view.


Karinne Taylor
Principal Consultant
MRA Consulting

Karinne is a skilled environmental consultant with expertise on the fundamentals of circular economy. She is also experienced in waste management and resource recovery, business sustainability plans, lifecycle thinking and analysis, and corporate social responsibility. During her career, she has worked with a broad range of organisations to drive practical, achievable change. This includes Government programs to improve recycling in Australia, the environmental sustainability of manufacturing and printing businesses in NSW, energy efficiency in NSW, and social enterprises in East London. In her last role, she managed the delivery of the NABERS Waste Rating, an industry standard for assessing waste management performance in commercial buildings. This work included designing the first measure of the quality of circular outcomes for commercial buildings – the NABERS Waste Material Recovery Score.

Rose Read
National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC)

Rose thrives on delivering practical sustainability solutions in collaboration with industry, government and the community. She has worked extensively in electronics product stewardship, successfully implementing MobileMuster – Australia’s leading mobile phone recycling program over a ten-year period. Rose also headed-up MRI PSO, an approved co-regulatory arrangement under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme for three years. A previous General Manager of Clean Up Australia, Rose commenced her role as CEO of the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council in August 2018. Rose also holds the title of Adjunct Professor with the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney and is Co-Founder and Director of the Ewaste Watch Institute.

Barry Cosier
Director, Sustainability
Australian Food & Grocery

Barry Cosier has over 30 years’ experience in both the Resource Recovery Industry and in the Food and Grocery Industry. Like many, he started his working career packing shelves in supermarkets while at university. Since then he has worked for multinational grocery companies, was CEO of a privately owned Australian food manufacturing company, and represented small to medium enterprises on the Australian Food and Grocery Council board. He then moved in to the Resource Recovery Industry and was involved in Council Contracts, collections, MRF processing and was a member of the NSW EPA Industry advisory panel for the China Sword Taskforce. He is currently the Director of Sustainability at the Australian Food and Grocery Council, has been a member of the National Waste Policy Industry Panel, the Federal Food Waste Steering Committee and a participant in the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre and another 10 or so government reference groups.

Blake Lindley
Australian Circular Textiles Association (ACTA)

Blake has extended a formal education in economics and science into regenerative design, storytelling and carbon reduction. In 7 years of consulting his well-rounded understanding of materials, energy and economies has informed policy at all levels of government, and driven practical sustainability action via the companies and associations leading the events, consumer products, textiles and property sectors. Blake runs his own business Cirq Solutions, is an Associate Consultant at Edge Environment and a Director at the Australian Circular Textiles Association (ACTA) - focused on establishing circularity in textiles in Australia.

Mark Smith
Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland

Mark Smith has experience across NGOs, government and the private sector and has recently appointed as CEO of Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland – Queensland’s peak body representing Queensland’s multibillion waste and resource recovery sectors. He took the helm of WRIQ just as the Covid pandemic began to transform how we live and work. Prior to his role in Queensland he headed up the Victorian peak body for waste and recycling at a time of unprecedented disruption in the Victorian market impacted by contracting export markets, toxic industrial fires, illegal waste activities, failures of regulatory controls, collapsing local markets and the biggest overhaul of environmental regulation in the state’s history.



Wednesday, 7 October 2020
11:00am - 12:15pm AEDT


Wednesday, 14 October 2020
11:00am - 12:15pm AEDT


Thursday, 22 October 2020
2:00pm - 3:15pm AEDT


Wednesday, 4 November 2020
11:00am - 12:30pm AEDT