July 20, 2018

NEW PLANT TO TURN WASTE INTO ENERGY AND LOCAL JOBS

A $29.86 million waste to energy plant will be built at the Maddingley Brown Coal landfill site near Bacchus Marsh, with support from a $500,000 State Government grant.

The project, which will use up to 100,000 tonnes of waste each year to make energy to service a neighbouring industrial estate, is one of 13 successful Round 2 applicants for grants through Sustainability Victoria’s Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund (RRIF).

Applications for Round 3 of the program close on 31 July.

Up to $3 million has been earmarked for resource recovery infrastructure projects across Victoria, with grants of between $40,000 and $500,000 available.

The 10-megawatt generator being built near Bacchus Marsh will create 16 jobs when in operation, as well as those created during the construction phase, and will greatly increase the region’s capacity to divert timber waste, hydropulp (a by-product of paper manufacturing) and flexible plastics from landfill.

The Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund supports the development of infrastructure that improves the collection and processing of recycled materials.

The Round 1 and Round 2 projects supported so far were expected to create more than 140 jobs in Victoria’s waste and resource recovery sector.

For more information and to apply for funding, visit  www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/RRIF_Infrastructure_Grants

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard

“This plant will be developed to divert residual timber waste from landfill and turn that into electricity.”

“It is great that the Andrews Government is supporting an innovative project that will reduce landfill by processing waste to create energy and local jobs.”