A facility that will create jobs, support regional
communities and generate energy
Veolia is proposing the next phase in sustainable development at Woodlawn, using state of the art technology to build an Advanced Energy Recovery Centre (ARC). The ARC will take waste that cannot be recycled and turn it into energy, producing enough electricity to power 40,000 homes a year.
Building on the existing Woodlawn Eco Precinct in Tarago, the new facility will be an important part of Veolia’s continued investment in regional New South Wales (NSW), that will create hundreds of jobs, drive economic growth, and support Australia’s environmental shift towards a circular economy.
The ARC will divert up to 380,000 tonnes of waste from landfill every year (enough to fill 172 olympic swimming pools), and turn it into energy using Energy from Waste technology. As a world leader in sustainable waste management solutions, Veolia owns and operates more than 65 energy recovery facilities globally, and has the expertise to meet the strict environmental standards set by NSW’s Environment Protection Authority.
300 jobs will be created during construction and 40 jobs will be created during operation.
Why are we proposing to do this now?
The purpose of our organisation is to bring sustainable waste management solutions to regions and communities, and we have spent the past 20 years evolving our activities in Tarago to achieve this, whilst also minimising impact on the community and the environment.
As part of this ongoing commitment to local people and more broadly to our planet, the next phase of sustainable development for the Woodlawn Eco Precinct is to adopt Energy from Waste technology, so that we can eventually move away from landfilling.
Energy from Waste technology is proven worldwide and it is recognised as safe by regulators and relevant health organisations. It is also the policy of the Australian and NSW Governments to adopt such practices to reduce emissions and improve its management of wastes - a necessary step in achieving climate-related goals of 80% recovery rate by 2030.
Veolia does not sell waste treatment technology, we provide services to treat wastes. We are proposing this technology not because it is readily available to us, but because it is the safest, most proven and best method of utilising non-recyclable materials rather than wasting them. It will recover energy which can be used to make new materials, as well as recycle 25% of the material into aggregates and metals, rather than being left in landfills for other generations to deal with.
You can read more about the project in our Community Guide to the EIS.
You can learn more about Energy from Waste by watching our video below.
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