Waste incineration

Posted on 17 September 2019


Latrobe City Council’s response to the Victorian Greens motion for a proposed 10 year moratorium on an energy to waste project at Maryvale and Victoria.

"The Australian Paper Energy from Waste Project has been designed on the basis of environmental best practice. The plant will divert an estimated 650,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year. This will result in a net reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 550,000 tonnes per year – this is the equivalent of taking more than 100,000 cars off the road. In conjunction with the State Government specific management plans will be developed, including the development of a Construction Environmental Management Plan and an Operations Environmental management Plan."

"The plant will comply with stringent European Union Industrial Emissions requirements that have been adopted by the Victorian EPA. Waste to energy plants are wide spread across Europe without issue."

"Latrobe City is concerned that the Greens Party are revisiting the emissions issue which was examined in full detail by the Victorian EPA some months ago. The proposed emission level was deemed to meet stringent standards that protect community and environment."

"I am somewhat nonplussed as to why the emissions issue should suddenly be raised again at this late stage, particularly as the safety standards had already been approved by EPA Victoria. Is there a political motivation at play here?"

All quotes can be attributed to Latrobe City Mayor Cr Graeme Middlemiss.

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