Congratulations to National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) CEO Rose Read who has been awarded the Industry Advocacy Award at the 2020 Women in Industry Awards.

The awards recognise and reward the achievements of women working within the mining, engineering, manufacturing, process control industries and commercial road transport industries, and aims to raise the profile of women within industry, as well as promote and encourage excellence.

Chair of NWRIC, Phil Richards of JJ Richards and Sons said Ms Read’s recognition was well deserved.

“Rose works tirelessly for Australia’s waste and recycling industry. Her knowledge, leadership and professionalism has made an enormous and positive impact on our ability to advance waste and recycling services across Australia,” Mr Richards said.

Ms Read said she was honoured to receive the award.

“To be singled out and recognised in such an esteemed group of finalists is a real privilege.

“My role at NWRIC enables me to really focus on advocating for moving materials up the waste hierarchy, helping create a circular economy, turning waste into resources where possible and ensuring the safe treatment and disposal of materials that cannot be recovered.”

“There is great potential in Australia’s waste and recycling industry and it’s rewarding to have a role in representing good policy to government as well as advocating for those businesses that are prepared to invest in sustainable solutions.

“Thank you to the judges and also the sponsors for this year for supporting this initiative- BOC South PacificBAE Systems Australia and Atlas Copco, it is a real honour to be recognised,” Ms Read said.

Supported by Australian Mining, PACE, Manufacturers’ Monthly, MHD Supply Chain Solutions, Prime Mover, Trailer, Waste Management Review, Rail Express, Roads & Infrastructure Australia and Australian Bulk Handling Review, the Women in Industry Awards acknowledge the exceptional women who have achieved success through their invaluable leadership, innovation and commitment to their sector.


Suzanne Lewis, Cox Inall Communications, 0404 116 905,


The National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) is a not for profit industry association, funded by major waste and recycling businesses operating Australia wide. It brings together national waste and recycling business leaders and affiliated state waste and recycling associations to formulate policies that will advance waste and recycling services in Australia.