Australia’s leading waste management company, Cleanaway, is investing in a major renewable energy initiative in Melbourne, generating enough electricity to power more than 8,000 homes each year.
Cleanaway will add four modules to its current gas regeneration capability, enabling the company to repurpose landfill gas and produce more than 8.5 megawatts of electricity per hour. This will effectively double the power generation capacity at MRL from today’s equivalent of 4,000 homes.
Cleanaway General Manager for Victoria/Tasmania, Clete Elms, said the company’s decision to boost the waste to energy capability at MRL underlined its philosophy of treating waste as a sustainable resource wherever possible.
“It’s a significant capital investment we’re undertaking on behalf of the community because we believe in the principle of recovering, recycling and reusing waste throughout our operations and, where possible, through those of our customers”, he said.
“MRL is a highly sophisticated facility with best-practice systems and technology that ensures we’re able to manage and treat different types of waste safely and effectively. In this case, capturing and converting landfill gas into renewable energy brings tremendous environmental benefits for the community, while delivering more electricity to the grid”, said Mr Elms.
Cleanaway operates a national network of collection, processing, treatment and landfill assets from almost 200 locations across Australia.
Mr Elms said the company’s upgraded power generation capacity at MRL would be operational from mid-2017.
Melissa McColl, Communications and Engagement Manager
M: 0466 323 844 E: Melissa.McColl@Cleanaway.com.au