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With 142 delegates, the 2019 NACRO Conference was the biggest gathering of the charitable reuse, recycling and retail sector ever seen in Australia. And the calibre of the speakers and opportunity to collaborate and network grew from last year, and included a wide range of stakeholders from NACRO members, social enterprises, government, councils and commercial organisations.

John Bradley, Secretary at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning formally opened the conference on Monday 14 October, on behalf of The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change with his keynote address, acknowledging the charitable reuse, recycling and retail sector as long-standing practitioners of the Circular Economy and recognition of NACRO’s work on behalf of the sector. This was followed by an impressive line up of expert speakers and panels discussing how to realise 2020 Future Vision for the reuse, recycling and retail sector.

The previous year’s initial sessions on The Future of Recycling were developed with practical strategies and learnings on how charitable recycling organisations can effectively tackle the challenges facing our sector and move into the 2020 future with robust strategies, and operational plans.

The successful conference format saw Day 1 focus on Recycling/Reuse, and Day 2 on Retail/Responsible Donating.

2020 Conference Dates – 21 & 22 October 2020, Sydney

Mark these dates in your diary now for the 2020 Conference to be held in Sydney at a venue to be confirmed.

“I found the conference to be thought provoking, illuminating and quite instructional on how we can go about improving our business in very practical ways.”

“The NACRO 2018 Conference was most informative,inspiring and enjoyable – well done!”

“An excellent opportunity to gain a better understanding of the emerging opportunities that we can all capitalise on for growth and sustainability.”

“In these days of being time poor it is refreshing that we can spend 2 really valuable days out of the day to day.  The conference was informative and educational and the array of presenters was excellent.  A really beneficial 2 days.”

“The NACRO conference provided a professional and inviting atmosphere with a good deal of take home value.  The information presented challenged some of our current business practices and provided some insight into potential opportunities moving forward.”

“United we are an industry with far reaching positive social and environmental impacts however our industry is significantly under represented at government level.  NACRO is the way forward in achieving greater collaboration and support from governments and the corporate sector.

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