MBC in Bacchus Marsh has been operating as a landfill since 1978. Due to the large buffers, potential waste capacity and strategic importance in the acceptance of metal recycling residues the site has been designated by the Government as a waste hub of State significance.
The Energy from Waste (EfW) industry is well established globally, converting suitable waste to create electricity and heat, substituting the need for coal and other fossil fuels in energy generation.
Investigation of the existing landfill waste stream by MBC has found that it contains materials such as clean timber and plastic film that are suitable for conversion into a Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) that can be used to generate electricity.
The introduction of an Energy from Waste facility at Maddingley will be accompanied by increased waste sorting systems to maximise recovery and recycling rates. Residual wastes will be landfilled.
This project will be operated within the existing buffers that are in place for the current mining and composting activities at the MBC site. The Project is being designed to meet European and Victorian EPA emission targets, as well as community concerns.
The combined benefits of the Energy from Waste project includes:
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