In December 2018, LVI hosted six delegates from India, in partnership with India’s International Institute of Waste Management (IIWM). They were here to learn about Victoria’s construction and demolition (C&D) waste management practices.

The IIWM chose delegates from the state government of Karnataka and Meghalaya, an environmental consultancy and a sand rock aggregate business. In three days, this delegation had prompted a raft of new opportunities.

Bineesha P, Executive Director, IIWM was already familiar with Victoria’s waste management expertise having participated in inbound and outbound trade missions between India and Victoria since 2008.

“It was very encouraging to realise there was interest from Melbourne companies to collaborate with Indian companies,” says Bineesha who approached LVI, Sustainability Victoria and India’s trade commission to organise the 2018 delegation.

At the time, India didn’t have a construction and demolition waste recycling unit. We wanted to see Victorian plants and explore the possibility of joint ventures or technology transfers, even opportunities to help source technology and buy equipment.
Bineesha P, Executive Director, India’s International Institute of Waste Management (IIWM)

During the 2018 delegation, Bineesha toured five plants and met with industry partners for business-to-business discussions. She also met with RMIT to discuss a possible collaboration around establishing a MBA in Waste Management at India’s top universities.

“Following this delegation, one of our representatives went ahead with setting up a plant in Bangalore and buying equipment he saw in Victoria,” says Bineesha. “Another learned how to cut the costs around setting up a fully fledged building from their visit to Melbourne.”

“It might sound very small but it makes a big difference,” she explains. On the flip side, while in Melbourne, Bineesha realised waste management companies in Victoria were interested in India’s capacity to recycle plastic.

Following this delegation, one of our representatives went ahead with setting up a plant in Bangalore and buying equipment he saw in Victoria. Another learned how to cut the costs around setting up a fully fledged building from their visit to Melbourne.
Bineesha P, Executive Director, India’s International Institute of Waste Management (IIWM)

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