Second community conference for Wollert waste-to-energy plan

waste-to-energy plan

Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria will hold two community conferences in June to discuss Cleanaway Operations’ development licence application to build a waste-to-energy (WtE) plant in Wollert.

A community conference scheduled for 20 June has reached the legal capacity of the venue and a second, online meeting has been scheduled for 25 June.

Angela Grozos, Head of EPA Permissioning, said a second online meeting increases the authority’s ability to hear from more community members.

Cleanaway Operations Pty Ltd has applied for a development licence for a waste-to-energy (WtE) facility located at 510 Summerhill Road, Wollert.

The facility, to be known as the Melbourne Energy and Resource Centre (MERC), is designed to thermally treat 380,000 tonnes per annum of waste. It would only receive waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

The WtE process would generate about 46.3 MW gross of electricity, 4.7MW of which would be used to power the facility itself, the remainder would be exported to the grid as base load electricity.

Waste ash produced from the WtE process would be treated at the facility to be used as an alternative construction product. Metals would be recovered from waste ash for recycling and sale to market.

EPA has requested those who have already registered for the 20 June meeting to consider joining the online conference instead.

EPA has written to all those who have already registered to advise them of the new arrangements.

The in-person session will be held on Thursday, 20 June at Kirrip Community Centre, Wollert. A drop-in session will be held from 5pm to 6pm and a conference session from 6pm to 9pm.

Registrations for this session have now closed.

An online session on Tuesday, 25 June will be held from 6pm to 9pm.

Registrations for the online conference close 16 June 2024 at 11.59pm.  Visit https://forms.office.com/r/xRsSFQ9Uf2

For more information, visit  https://engage.vic.gov.au/cleanaway-operations-pty-ltd-app024914

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