The CRS approach, as happens in Europe, is that we should recycle and manage waste near the point of generation, and produce electricity near the point of consumption. This is the most environmentally efficient way of managing waste and electricity.

Fyshwick lies between two zone substations and is ideally located to connect to the ActewAGL electricity network, which would reduce future transmission network augmentation capital expenditure and help provide security of supply to the ACT network.

Similarly, the facility in Fyshwick would result in avoided electricity transmission losses. Power is typically lost in transmission over distance.

Removing the facility from Canberra would create significant inefficiencies. As the waste needs to be transported this will require extra collection trucks, diesel and road wear. The further away the facility, the more trucks needed as they will lose time every day travelling to and from the facility – as well as extra diesel use and emissions and extra road wear.

In addition, the CRS centre would use well developed but underutilised freight rail infrastructure to export recyclables. Again, the focus is on efficient total environmental outcomes.