The formation of the Waste Recycling Industry Association of WA Inc (WRIWA) offers a fresh and representative voice for waste and recycling companies.
With many pressing issues - such as the rising landfill levies, fair competition between government and industry, the new State Waste Strategy and Container Deposit Schemes - WRIWA was formed to effectively advocate for the needs of companies which provide an essential service.
The foundation members of WRIWA include; Veolia, Suez, Toxfree, Cleanaway, Solo Resource Recovery, G&G Corp, Dodd and Dodd Group along with many other leading companies. These service providers work across all areas of the waste and recycling industry - including municipal, commercial and industrial, demolition plus construction, liquids, organics and specialist services such as mine site management.
The newly formed industry association is led by President Mike Harper (Waste Stream Management), supported by Vice President James Coghill (Total Green Recycling) and Treasurer David Burrows (Sims Metal Management) Advocacy and policy research undertaken by WRIWA will be led by Executive Officer John Lillywhite. John has spent his professional career working in utilities that provide essential services to the general public, business and industry. Since its formation WRIWA has already been active on a number of key policy issues - with its submission to Government on landfill levies calling for a Statewide levy which treats all industry players equally. It is also calling for redeemed containers under the proposed CDS to be
WRIWA has also become an affiliate of the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC). Composed of leading national waste and recycling companies, the NWRIC creates national policy covering the waste and recycling industry - advocating to the Commonwealth on key issues.
The NWRIC also provides a forum for State waste and recycling industry association to resource share and co-ordinate on the most important matters facing the industry. WRIWA's affiliate position with the NWRIC allows it to connect with other State based industry associations as well as have input into national policies.
WRIWA welcomes enquiries from waste and recycling companies seeking to join and support the organisation. Members must adhere to the organisation's rules of association.