Miles has spent last 27+ years as a practitioner in the waste management industry concentrating on resource recovery and the pursuit of sustainable solutions for over 27 of those years. Miles specialises in waste minimisation, resource recovery, sustainability, social enterprise and alternative energy solutions.
Miles is a past Convenor of the Zero Waste Network of Australia (ZWNA) and has been an active member of the Waste Management Association of Australia (now WMRR). Miles’ most recent employer, Renewable Recyclers, was recognised in the 2013 NSW Green Globe Awards, taking out the Regional Sustainability Award.
Before working with Renewable Recyclers, Miles was the manager of the Resource Recovery Centre at Moss Vale, NSW Australia which was awarded Business of the Year in 2006 and Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) National Transfer Station of the Year in 2007.
A background in agriculture and permaculture has provided Miles with a good ‘grounding’ on the value of resources and the need to conserve and reuse. He has presented at national and international conferences including the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress, Melbourne, Australia 2003. In 2005, Miles travelled overseas on a WMAA ‘Zero Waste’ scholarship.
Selection on the NSW Environment Trust Waste and Recycling Sub-Committee, the NSW Container Deposit Scheme Collection Network Working Group, and the NSW EPA Chief Executives Waste Leaders Forum has kept Miles abreast of the latest developments in resource recovery.
Interest in alternative energy generation and resource conservation has led to Miles become a Mentor with RePower Southern Highlands focussed on building local, community-based, alternative energy installations. Miles is the Honorary Secretary of Low Carbon Living Southern Highlands and has a keen interest in developing the Circular Economy in the Illawarra Region of NSW (and beyond).
Miles has a Master of Applied Science (Ag and Rural Development); an RMIT Green Building and Design Certificate, an LMA Certificate IV in Leadership and a Permaculture Design Certificate.