Call for Papers: KNSWB Litter Congress 2015

Congress: Less Litter. Live Better

The second KNSWB Litter Congress will be held over 22-23 July 2015 at the York Conference and Function Centre in Sydney.

Following the success of Keep NSW Beautiful’s 2014 Congress: Less Litter, Live Better, we are seeking your best ideas for litter reduction and best practice waste management.

The two-day Congress program will consist of keynote and case study presentations, and interactive panel discussions. A series of small group workshops and off-site tours will be offered on the day prior to the conference. 

Congress 2015 creates a vital platform to discuss proven and practical methods of reducing litter. Discussions will inspire ideas for local and state government, community groups, not-for-profits and businesses of all sizes to reduce litter in their local area.

Click here to download the abstract submission form.

We invite the submission of papers for our 2015 Congress from individuals and organisations who:

  • Operate in the waste management industry and can showcase best practice examples
  • Belong to a community group tackling litter in the local neighbourhood, with a story to share
  • Work in research with and would like to explore, test and obtain feedback on from your peers
  • Manage community litter reduction efforts in a local government capacity
  • Run education programs with a litter reduction focus

Streams and Topics for KNSWB Litter Congress 2015

Industry best practice, including

  • Research and development
  • Product stewardship
  • Policy trends and forecast
  • Local government perspectives on public place littering challenges
  • New technologies

Community engagement, including

  • Psychology of littering
  • Community group and council project case studies
  • Behaviour change
  • Education for litter reduction

Anti-litter enforcement actions, including

  • Infrastructure to reduce litter
  • Litter research
  • Collaboration and partnerships
  • Evaluation of litter reduction strategies

Dates and Submissions

Submission of abstracts: Friday 12 December 2014

Notice of acceptance into Congress program: Wednesday 11 February 2015

Submission of final paper and presentations: Friday 5 June 2015

Submit your paper to events@knswb.org.au

If you have any questions about Congress and whether your paper or case is suitable, please contact Briony Manion, Events Manager, on (02) 8594 4030 or events@knswb.org.au

6 Responses to “Call for Papers: KNSWB Litter Congress 2015”

  1. November 13, 2014 at 11:52 am, John Maine said:

    Why isn’t a container deposit on your list for discussion ?
    It’s a proven positive step.

    John Maine

    • November 27, 2014 at 10:51 am, Keep NSW Beautiful said:

      Hi John,

      At the 2014 Congress we included a panel discussion on the topic, with Jeff Angel – the national convener of the Boomerang Alliance – as one of the panellists. You can see the wrap-up of the points raised here: http://knswb.org.au/economic-vandalism-or-magic-bullet-panellists-debate-cdl-at-knswb-congress-less-litter-live-better/

      The streams and topics above are broad areas up for discussion. KNSWB’s stance is that the National Recycling Bin Network is a better alternative in this day and age to Container Deposit Systems. However, we are more than happy to explore the issue at the next Congress.

      • December 10, 2014 at 9:41 am, Cathy said:

        Haha That’s a joke, you gave Jeff Angel five minutes at the end of the panel discussion and then did not allow questions and answers.
        Why is the packaging industry so afraid of container deposit legislation?

        • December 16, 2014 at 11:17 am, Keep NSW Beautiful said:

          Hi Cathy,

          The panel discussion was an open and equal representation of differing opinions. We did not limit anyone’s time or voice, and certainly not Jeff Angel’s. We honestly appreciated his comments and in fact he had significant input to the discussion – which was well articulated, thought-out and all-in-all an excellent contribution.

          Jeff Angel was in fact the first person to open the discussion. We did have a Q&A section and several questions were fielded.

          The packaging industry’s interests are their own, and we don’t speak for their motivations. Our position is based on what option is the most cost-effective, and what will have the best impact in this time and place (i.e. NSW in 2014 should not be conflated with South Australia in 1977) and is stated on our website here: http://knswb.org.au/keep-australia-beautiful-nsw-statement-on-litter-reduction-methodologies/

          Hope that clears up the matter.

  2. November 15, 2014 at 10:58 am, Peter Donley said:

    Why don’t we keep the pressure on the NSW Government to introduce container deposit legislation – that is the source of all thr ills in NSW – haven’t we all seen how relatively clean South Australia?

  3. December 13, 2014 at 4:34 am, Sheila White said:

    We are looking at the effect on littering behaviours of participatory music that contains litter themes, sing-along messages and actions. We believe music helps the message stick and we specialize in this form of “edu-tainment”, in addition to presenting a litter-devoted website and newsletter to raise interest and awareness.