The best thing about this years forum was the wide diversity of topics covered. Marc Sims and the crew from Entekcom, gave an amazing demonstration of 3D printing with a printer they constructed themselves from recycled computer and printer parts. They also made their own extruder for making recycled plastic filament to use for printing.
Matty Curtis and Alison from Resource Recovery Australia talked about the mobile problem waste truck and Resource Recovery's retail operations. Darren Andrews of Green Collect spoke of their office upcycling service and Guido Verbist from The Bower talked about 'From House to Home' a crowdfunding project which donate furniture and household items to refugees.
Were also joined by Toby Hutcheon, Queensland Manager of the Boomerang Alliance who was able to give an industry update on the Container Deposit Scheme and the opportunities it presents for those working in the Community Recycling sector.
Verity Lougoon spoke of education and behaviour change for waste minimisation and was followed up with an example of an enterprise taking on such activities. Anne Giacomantonio spoke of the various educational workshops and activities ran by Reverse Garbage Queensland.
Angela Burdon of Endeavour Foundation gave a great presentation on how Community Recycling Enterprises can support employees with a disability.
On the Friday morning a panel discussion was held on Succeeding at Scale: Growing good ideas into great enterprises'. The panel consisted of Nina Yousefpour of Social Traders, John Weate of Resource Recovery Australia and Arthur Ziakas of the Endeavour Foundation. The discussion yielded some great insights into challenges and opportunities of growing an enterprises. As well as giving attendees the opportunities to ask
Forum attendees were entertained by Paul Frasca of Sustainable Salons who specialised in recycling human hair! Paul's business model was the collection, separation and recycling of hair salon waste. As well as reclaiming foil, hair was used to make wigs for children with cancer, and a 'Hair Boon' which can soak up and reclaim the oil from an oil spill.
Attendees then took a tours of Endeavour Foundation's Buderim and Maroochydoore sites whilst stopping of for lunch and presentation at Coffee United, a social enterprise which engages at risk youth.
The forum was sponsored by the Endeavour Foundation, Social Traders and Resource Recovery Australia.
All in all, it was a great forum with lot's of ideas and inspiration shared!