In Australia, the majority of environmental regulation is administered by the States. In order to ensure the industry actively engages with States, the national Council partners with 'Affiliates' in each State, creating a national network.


The National Waste Recycling Industry Council

Council Affiliates


The Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ)

The Waste, Recycling Industry Association of Queensland Inc, (WRIQ) is the premier industry association in Queensland, representing more than 90 Queensland-based organisations ranging from large multi-national organisations through to small family-operated enterprises.

WRIQ is lead by Chief Executive Officer Rick Ralph.

The Waste and Recycling Industry Association of South Australia (WRISA)

The Waste Recycling Industry Association of South Australia (WRISA) was formed in Adelaide on February 16th, 2017 - with support from founding members Solo Resource Recovery, Peats Soil, Veolia, Mastec, Suez, Scout Recycling, ResourceCo and Bettatrans.

Through WRISA waste and recycling industry operators in South Australia have the opportunity to promote industry development as a single voice - as well as engage with Government and the community.

The focus of WRISA is to engage those with an investment in the industry and promote solutions to the legislative and regulatory challenges facing the sector.

WRISA is lead by Executive Officer Chris Brideson.

The Waste and Recycling Industry Association of Western Australia (WRIWA)

The Waste Recycling Industry Association of Western Australia (WRIWA) was incorporated in April, 2017 in Perth. It was founded with the support of Cleanaway, Veolia, Suez, Toxfree and Sims Metal Management. The new not-for-profit organisations acts as the State’s leading advocacy body - promoting the sustainable development of waste management and recycling infrastructure and services statewide.

WRIWA is lead by Executive Officer Michael Bobrowicz.


The Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) is a registered industrial body of employers that addresses business issues relating to the waste and recycling industry on behalf of its constituent Members. It is Australia’s oldest industry association in the waste management.

WCRA is registered with both the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW and Fair Work Commission and provides Members with advice and support in a broad range of employment and industrial relations matters.

The Management of WCRA is undertaken by their Executive Director, Mr Tony Khoury.


WRINT is the Northern Territory’s lead waste and recycling industry association representing operators of the sector. WRINT members provide an essential community service for all Northern Territorians in the responsible handling, safe removal, treatment and disposal of all wastes (liquid, solid, regulated and hazardous).

WRINT members recover and recycle important secondary resources, and locally manufacture products from these resources. The association promotes thought leadership to all its stakeholders, advocating industry issues with purpose and focus for achieving sound economic outcomes, underpinned by innovative environmental practices.

WRINT is led by executive officer Rick Ralph.


The Victorian Waste Management Association (VWMA) is the key division of the Victorian Transport Association representing the waste and recycling sectors. We are a member based, not for profit association that aims to be the leading association for recycling and waste management in Victoria.

The VWMA works to promote best practice and the highest industry standards through providing Member services and advice on industrial relations,occupational health and safety issues and environmental regulations. It represents its members and advocates and lobbies on their behalf on issues and policies affecting them by developing professional relationships with the relevant Government agencies, the wider waste industry and the public.

The VWMA is lead by executive officer Mark Smith.