VWMA and Waste Expo Australia Dinner: Container Deposit Schemes


  • The Victorian Waste Management Association (VWMA) would like to invite you to a special dinner event on Container Deposit Schemes or CDS. 

    This is event is open to anyone; VWMA members receive a discount.

    This year, Waste Expo Australia will feature a networking event (5:30pm to 6:30pm) which will be followed by a special evening event hosted by the VWMA and sponsored by MRA Consulting and RSM Group featuring special guest speaker Peter Bruce.

    Peter oversaw the introduction of CDS in NSW as CEO of Exchange for Change, the Scheme Coordinator for the NSW and ACT roll out.

    CDS have been introduced in most Australian jurisdictions, with Victoria being the only state without a scheme in place. Generally CDS is established to reduce littering and increasing recycling.

    With the oldest over 40 years old (South Australia) and the newest launching next year (Western Australia) the State by State approach has created a varied landscape around regulations, governmence and cash flow.

    The VWMA, supported by our sponsors, have created an evening that is of relevance to anyone in the waste and recycling industry, local government, state government and environmental organisations that will bring together experts to present on the state by state roll out of CDS and key take aways that Victoria must consider regarding the introduction of any CDS. 

    All attendees will receive a special info pack on CDS and highlights of the presentations. 

    The dinner event will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and include a scrumptious dinner and drinks, opportunities for QnA, networking as well as a few surprises.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Enquiries: reception@vta.com.au


    Mark Smith | Executive Officer | Victorian Waste Management Assocation – MC

    David Cocks | Manager – Victoria and Tasmania | MRA Consulting

    With over 8 years experience in the waste and recycling industry David’s work at MRA Consulting has including feasibility studies for introduction of Food Organics Garden Organics collection services for regional and metropolitan councils as well as strategies and education programs. He has developed procurement packages for waste and recycling services as well as the design, construction and operation of organics processing facilities, transfer stations and landfills both in Victoria and Tasmania.

    David has long pursued a passion for sustainability. Initially working with regional councils in North East Victoria as Executive Officer for the North East Regional Waste Management Group prior to joining Sustainability Victoria as Manager of Waste Infrastructure.

    It’s with this wealth of knowledge and experience that he currently holds the role of Manager – Victoria and Tasmania for one of Australia’s leading waste, recycling and sustainability consultantancies.

    Peter Bruce | CEO | Whenceforth Consulting

    Peter Bruce has been involved in product stewardship schemes across Australia for over 8 years. Most recently he was the CEO of Exchange for Change, who are the Scheme Coordinator for the very successful NSW and ACT container deposit scheme. Peter was the first employee of Exchange for Change and oversaw its establishment as well as its success in collecting 2 billion containers in just over 18 months of operations.

Date & Time

  • 21st October


  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


For further information please contact vwma academy.