An Energy from Waste Facility uses thermal technology to convert waste that would otherwise go to landfill into steam which drives turbines generating electricity. In so doing it releases the energy which is ‘locked up’ in the waste.

The creation of energy from waste is a sustainable, innovative solution to the growing quantities of waste generated. The benefits include:

  • Using safe, reliable and proven technology to create green energy from waste [ that would otherwise go straight to landfill] minimises the Greenhouse gases which are known to be generated by landfilling and by the mining and burning of coal.
  • Best practice, accountable emission technology
  • Reducing greenhouse emissions by creating green energy
  • Providing a secure, long-term solution to western Sydney’s energy demands
  • Eradicate the need for an additional landfill in metropolitan Sydney for up to 30 years
  • Diverting one million tonnes of waste from landfill per annum
  • Creating 65 new direct jobs and several hundred indirect job

The Energy from Waste technology we have chosen is proven and has been operational in many similar plants in Europe for many years;

EfW Plants show:

  • Consistently low emissions
  • No demonstrable adverse health or environmental impacts
  • High rates of energy recovery
  • Reduction in landfilling

The Facility will comply with the relevant standards set by the Environment Protection Authority and already meet the stringent European Union standards.

Operations and emissions will be monitored and regulated by the Environment Protection Authority with real-time online air quality data available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For how emissions will be monitored see the video.

No the Facility will not smell as the waste fuel which is stored inside building comprises, paper cardboard, plastic, wood carpet and fabric.

The fuel is supplied by the Genesis facility which has been operational for 18months and has had no odour complaints

No the only part of the Facility that generates some noise are the motors that drive fans and pumps within the building. Noise generation is managed by the use of acoustic enclosures.

Probably not as all of the fuel waste is already delivered to the adjacent Genesis Facility via Wonderland Drive and away from residential areas.

The indicative timeline for this State Significant Development Application is as follows:

  1. October 2013 Request for Director General Requirement’s to inform Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
  2. November 2013 Commence preparation of EIS Commence stakeholder consultation Draft detailed design
  3. Early to mid 2014 EIS lodged to the Department of Planning & Infrastructure for review Public Exhibition Period
  4. Mid to late 2014 Construction (subject to planning approval)
  5. 2016 Facility operational (subject to planning approval)