NSW Cleanaway EIS submission
“This project has no social licence to operate in NSW or Australia. Waste to energy incinerators undermine the recycling and reuse sectors, entrenching an unsustainable linear economy and increase deadly air pollution. International experts working on climate, health and the environment warn that we need to urgently move to a more sustainable and regenerative circular economy. The NSW EPA should reject this most expensive and polluting way to manage the smallest fraction of our waste stream and put NSW on the path to a Zero Waste City Model for a circular economy future.”– Jane Bremmer Zero Waste Australia coordinator.
The Western Sydney Community are facing the prospect of the world’s largest incinerator to be located at the existing Eastern Creek landfill operated by Dial a Dump Industries. The community opposition to this project is significant and supported by both the NSW Labor party and Greens party.
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More than 70% of those who made submissions to the NSW EPA did not support the project. Strong community opposition exists, 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 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. The project claims to be able to process 1.35 million tonnes of waste. Despite no information provided on the exact amount of energy that will be produced Next Generation claim to deliver a net positive Greenhouse Gas effect, eliminating some 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per annum.
Last week, 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. Read more here
Plans by Energy Australia to retrofit a coal fired power station to convert non- recyclable wastes to generate Refuse Derived Fuel have progressed through to a feasibility study due in mid- 2017. Conservation groups have declared their opposition to the project.