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“Zero Waste is a goal that is both pragmatic and visionary, to guide people to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water, or air that may be a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health. ”
Definition of Zero Waste as adopted by the Zero Waste International Alliance
New Materials Recovery Facility proposed for the ACT (Comments due 5th June 2018)
Capital Recycling Solutions has proposed to build a Materials Recovery Facility in Fyshwick ACT. The project intends to process 300 thousand tonnes of Municipal Solid Waste to recover 20% for recycling with the remainder going to landfill. The project is currently open for public comment until the 5th June 2018.
This project has not been without controversy after originally including a waste to energy incineration component which was later dropped after significant community opposition. Environment and community groups are especially encouraged to engage on this project given the high generation of residual waste the facility will produce and the risks of this waste being directed to future incineration. Note the Federal Governments new push for waste incineration in Australia in response to China’s recent National Sword Policy that has closed the door on Australia’s export of contaminated waste to China.
Minister Frydenberg burns Australia’s renewable energy reputation with dirty waste to energy incineration (28th April 2018)
“Burning waste for energy delivers neither clean nor renewable energy.” Yesterday’s meeting of Australian Ministers delivered some real progress on waste and recycling for Australia. However, giving renewable energy subsidies via the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to the polluting waste incineration industry wasn’t one of them.
Communities in Australia have consistently rejected Waste to Energy incineration. Recently the NSW government agencies of planning, health and environment, NSW EPA and a NSW parliamentary inquiry unanimously rejected a massive incineration project planned for Eastern Creek announcing itwas not in the public interest. Read our full media statement here.
Australia’s waste recycling crisis – it’s time to act NOW! (25th April 2018)
This week the Australian State Environment Ministers and the Federal Environment Minister will be meeting at the COAG to discuss the ‘Australian waste recycling crisis’. We need to take this opportunity to remind them of the globally recognised dangers and risks involved in establishing a waste to energy incineration industry in Australia. Read the Open Letter By the National Toxic Network here.
Eastern Creek – NSW rejects The Next Generation Waste to Energy Incineration project
The Next Generation NSW Pty Ltd have submitted to the NSW EPA for assessment a Mass Combustion MSW incinerator claimed to be the largest in the southern hemisphere. More than 70% of those who made submissions to the NSW EPA did not support the project. Strong community opposition existed, including local government health authorities who have warned that the project risks years of concerted environmental protection policy to reduce the impacts of air pollution in the urban centers.
The NSW parliamentary inquiry report in energy from waste technology recommended that Dial A Dump Industries’ The Next Generation EfW plant not be approved. Now, this sentiment has been echoed by the NSW Department of Planning.
NTN congratulates the NSW Greens party, NSW Labor party and NSW regulatory agencies of health,environment, planning and the EPA who have unanimously rejected The Next Generation Waste to Energy Incineration project. This industry has no place in a sustainable zero waste management future for Australia. It simply makes no sense to burn finite resources for dirty energy while we face catastrophic climate threats and global ecological collapse. Climate change is a compelling global issue that requires all governments around the world to invest in and support sustainable materials production and non-thermal waste management technologies. Only a Zero Waste Policy approach will move us closer to the goal of a Circular Economy. We need organics returned to the biosphere through composting and a materials production system that can safely reuse and recycle any waste that is generated.”States Jane Bremmer Zero Waste OZ coordinator. The full NTN media release is available here.
Why Australia should walk away from waste to energy incineration and embrace a sustainable zero waste policy instead. Watch Jane Bremmer present at the NSW public forum to stop the worlds largest incinerator at Eastern Creek in Western Sydney here
The Zero Waste Solution
International Zero Waste expert, Professor Paul Connett provides the blueprint for communities and decision makers around the world on how to establish sustainable zero waste city models and why this issue has never been important now than ever. With a foreword by Jeremy Irons, this book is a must read for all zero waste enthusiast as well as local, state and national governments charged with the management of our waste. https://www.chelseagreen.com/the-zero-waste-solution
A Consensus Statement: Zero Waste solutions for Australia – not waste incineration (January 2018).
We the undersigned, demand an immediate end to Government subsidies and finance for all waste to energy incinerator proposals in Australia and urgent investment in sustainable Zero Waste models of waste management with the full engagement and inclusion of the community. Read more here.