World-leading energy-from-waste facility to create over 900 jobs and electricity to power 79,000 homes and businesses

Cleanaway announces energy-from-waste Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public exhibition

Resource Recovery

October 8, 2020

Highlights

“Energy-from-waste is an exciting step forward for waste management in Australia. It provides a recovery pathway for unrecyclable waste and contributes to a circular economy." CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal

Highlights

“Energy-from-waste is an exciting step forward for waste management in Australia. It provides a recovery pathway for unrecyclable waste and contributes to a circular economy." CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal

Cleanaway, in partnership with Macquarie Capital, announced that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Western Sydney Energy and Resource Recovery Centre (WSERRC) is now on public exhibition. Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal said, “Energy-from-waste is exciting step forward for waste management in Australia, diverting material from landfill and contributing to the circular economy.”

WSERRC will be on exhibition from 6 October to 16 November 2020 and we encourage everyone to get to know the proposal in this time. A virtual information room has been created to assist the public in understanding the proposal and accessing the EIS documents. The virtual information room can be viewed here.

Located at 339 Wallgrove Road, Eastern Creek, WSERRC proposes to use safe and modern energy-from-waste technology to divert up to 500,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste from landfill each year and generate enough electricity to power over 79,000 homes and businesses.

The facility is also expected to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 390,000 tonnes per year and generate up to 900 direct and 1,200 indirect jobs during construction over the next three years.

In discussing the facility, Vik commented, “Safety is a core value for Cleanaway. We believe that our people and the communities where we operate have a right to go ‘Home Safe’ every day. Our commitment to safety will similarly extend to WSERRC through safe, best-in-class technology used around the world particularly at Dublin Energy and Filbornaverket centre in Sweden.”

“Not only does it provide a recovery pathway for unrecyclable waste such as sanitary items and mixed materials, it also contributes to a circular economy by producing electricity out of waste to replace traditional fuels sources such as coal.” Vik added.

The EIS describes the proposal and outlines the social, environmental, health, technical and economic outcomes and impacts. The proposed facility will meet the European Industrial Emissions Directive and Best Available Techniques Reference document, which are currently the highest standards for energy-from-waste.

The EIS also details the extensive community engagement that has been undertaken to date and how feedback has been addressed. Air and Health Citizens Panels have been set up to discuss health and environmental concerns in surrounding suburbs, and an education centre will continue the conversation around the facility to ensure meaningful and long-term engagement from the community.

For any internal or media enquiries relating to the WSERRC proposal, please contact Mikaela Orme at Mikaela.Orme@cleanaway.com.au or on 0435 964 260.

Cleanaway is committed to our priority SDGs aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. We’re committed to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all; making cities safe, resilient and sustainable; and building resilient infrastructure, and promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation through innovation.

Find out more in our 2020 Sustainability Report.