EASTERN CREEK INCINERATOR: CLEANAWAY REVEALS PLAN FOR $500M INCINERATOR

CLEANAWAY’S Proposal for an Incinerator to be located in the Middle of Western Sydney in Eastern Creek next to Western Sydney Parklands …

Even though Western Sydney is to be the recipient of the highest population growth …

Reading this … it is enough to make one ill …

“Incinerators should be banned from large population bases.”

PARRAMATTA 

Eastern Creek incinerator: Cleanaway reveals plan for $500m incinerator

With time running out for city’s landfill sites, a new multimillion-dollar proposal has come forward to convert household waste into energy. Here’s what they plan to do.

Jake McCallum, Urban Affairs Reporter — EXCLUSIVE, Blacktown Advocate|

October 3, 2019

DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU0:31Eastern Creek waste to energy plant

An overview of the Wallgrove Rd, Eastern Creek site, which could house the new waste to energy plant by Cleanaways

Sydney’s landfill crisis is set to be tackled with an ambitious proposal to convert household waste into enough energy to power 65,000 homes in the city’s western suburbs.

The $500 million initiative — which would see waste burnt at an Eastern Creek-based incinerator — would cut annual landfill volumes in western Sydney by 500,000 tonnes and is the vision of Australia’s largest waste management company, Cleanaway.

An overview of the Wallgrove Rd, Eastern Creek site, which could house the new Western Sydney Energy and Resource Recovery Centre by Cleanaways
An overview of the Wallgrove Rd, Eastern Creek site, which could house the new Western Sydney Energy and Resource Recovery Centre by Cleanaways

The state-of-the-art waste to energy conversion facility would be built at Wallgrove Rd, Eastern Creek, as part of a joint venture with Macquarie Capital’s Green Investment Group.

The multimillion-dollar state significant planning proposal for the facility is expected to be submitted to the NSW Government next month.

Cleanaway chief executive, Vik Bansal, said the Western Sydney Energy and Resource Recovery Centre would “target red bin waste that cannot be recycled” and earmarks western Sydney would become “a leader in smart waste management”.

Cleanaway chief executive, Vik Bansal at a Victorian landfill site.
Cleanaway chief executive, Vik Bansal at a Victorian landfill site.

“Our proposal, if successful, would turn rubbish that would have been landfilled into a clean source of energy that supplies the grid and contributes to more affordable power for consumers,” Mr Bansal said.

“Our facility would create 800 jobs during construction and 50 ongoing local jobs and bring new skills to NSW.”


Households and businesses across western Sydney currently generate enough landfill waste to fill more than 2400 Olympic-sized swimming pools every year, however, Mr Bansal argues the Cleanaway incinerator project at Eastern Creek would see almost a third of all waste transferred into energy.

The Western Sydney Energy and Resource Recovery Centre by Cleanaway could produce enough energy to power 65,000 homes.
The Western Sydney Energy and Resource Recovery Centre by Cleanaway could produce enough energy to power 65,000 homes.

“By diverting waste from our landfills, an energy from waste facility would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 450,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year,” Mr Bansal said. “This is the same as taking approximately 100,000 cars off our roads.”

Government consultation are already underway for the proposal, which is currently undertaking planning assessments for the incinerator.

Countries including Germany, France, Sweden and the United Kingdom have established waste to energy resource centres.

DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU0:16Sysav, South Scania Waste Company, Malmo, Sweden 26 Sep 2019v2

An overview of the Sysav, South Scania Waste Company in Malmo, Sweden — similar to the Western Sydney Energy and Resourc…

A strong campaign has been waged against the approval of larger incinerators across western Sydney, with ongoing Land and Environment Court proceedings against a proposal for a massive facility at Eastern Creek by Dial-A-Dump Industries’ Next Generation.

The proposal for that $700 million development saw close to 1000 objections to an independent Planning Commission, which resulted in a refusal of the plans on July 18, 2018, and a case launched in the courts.

Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali MP and protesters at the site of another incinerator planned for Eastern Creek.
Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali MP and protesters at the site of another incinerator planned for Eastern Creek.

Panel members argued there was “insufficient evidence” that the proposed pollution control technologies are capable of appropriately managing emissions.

“There is uncertainty in relation to the air quality, and the relationship between air quality impacts and water quality impacts,” the panel’s findings found.

“As a result, there is uncertainty in relation to the human health risks and site suitability.”

Mr Bansal clarified Cleanaway’s technology would ensure the environmental safety.

“The emission cleaning systems ensure the emissions leaving the plant is cleaned before it enters the atmosphere,” he said.

“The proposal will be assessed considering the triple bottom line — making sure it creates social, environmental and economic benefits. We won’t spare any effort to ensure the design is leading edge in terms of environmental controls and safe for the community.

Edward & Adam Llagas pictured celebrating with The Anti-incinerator campaigners who have won their fight against the Eastern Creek plant proposed by Dial A Dump. (AAP Image Monique Harmer)
Edward & Adam Llagas pictured celebrating with The Anti-incinerator campaigners who have won their fight against the Eastern Creek plant proposed by Dial A Dump. (AAP Image Monique Harmer)

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Blacktown Mayor and Labor MP Stephen Bali called for new guidelines to protect local communities.

“Regardless the merit of the facilities, the community have asked for the reformation of laws and assessment process, which are outdated, he said.

“It is so difficult to work out the impact of local residents.

“There are several other incinerators proposed in Sydney and the government has failed to modernise the assessment process.”

Cr Bali said the proposal is looking at a “19th century solution for a 21st century problem”.

“You have kids protest climate change and companies are still proposing to burn waste,” he said.

“There should be a parliamentary inquiring into monitoring, regulating and reviewing these issues. We need worlds-best practice to provide benchmarks to protect the community and the environment.

“Incinerators should be banned from large population bases.”

SOURCE: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/eastern-creek-incinerator-cleanaway-reveals-plan-for-500m-incinerator/news-story/fea896592a536b355c4a4fe83966839a?fbclid=IwAR1bqoDOikXz98g-I2jdV92zDyXUyvu3XXHM53h1Es524itDVcL93yIyelo

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