Welcome – this part of our website is to record the latest media activity that is relevant to both our project and to the wider WtE and renewable industries in Australia.  The news media is catalogued by date, the latest being at the top of each of the sections.


Airport dismisses concerns about bird strikes from waste plant

By Katie Burgess July 30, 2018 Canberra Airport has dismissed concerns that plans for a waste plant less than three kilometres away could increase the risk of bird strikes to low-flying aircraft. Inner south residents raised fears about the proximity of Capital Recycling's proposed recycling facility and waste transfer [...]

March 7th, 2019|Project Media|

Airport to review recycling plant plans

Airport to review recycling plant plans after bird-strike fears raised By Katie Burgess - Canberra Times 8 June 2018 — 12:00am Canberra Airport is reviewing the plans for a recycling plant in Fyshwick that residents say could increase the risk of bird strikes to low-flying aircraft. However the company [...]

June 8th, 2018|Project Media|

Resident rail against Fyshwick recycling plant

Residents rail against Fyshwick recycling plant By Katie Burgess 1 June 2018 — 6:24pm Inner south Canberra residents say a recycling plant proposed for the city's east will cause odour and traffic problems for people living hundreds of metres away. Capital Recycling Solutions wants to build the materials recycling [...]

June 8th, 2018|Project Media|

Compost bins, waste-to-fuel on the cards as ACT Government reviews recycling policy

Compost bins, waste-to-fuel on the cards as ACT Government reviews recycling policy By Elise Pianegonda and Elise Scott Updated 8 May 2018 PHOTO: Food waste makes up about 37 per cent of the average household garbage bin. (Flickr: Nic McPhee) Canberrans could have kerbside food waste collection in five years' time, with the ACT Government [...]

May 15th, 2018|Project Media|

Proposal to collect food scraps in kerbside bins

Proposal to collect food scraps in kerbside bins By Michael Inman 9 May 2018  Up to 40,000 tonnes of organic waste could be diverted from landfill under an ACT Government proposal to collect food scraps in kerbside bins. The plan is part of a suite of new recommendations outlined in [...]

May 15th, 2018|Project Media|
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CRS, ActewAGL Retail and waste-to-energy
One of the key pathways options to achieving the outcomes of the ACT Government Waste Feasibility Study is waste-to-energy. On 7 March 2014 the ACT Government announced in a media release titled “Turning Waste Into Energy”, that it was seeking private sector solutions to develop waste-to-energy technology within the ACT. The government statement said:

“A regional materials recovery and bioenergy facility could convert ACT and regional organic waste into renewable electricity, with enough energy to power over 15,000 Canberra households, once the facility is fully operational. It can also recover high-value plastics and metals that would otherwise end up in landfill. Bioenergy is widely used in northern Europe as a clean, renewable source for producing energy.”

As a result of this government initiative, and other waste-to-energy pathways considered in the Waste Feasibility Study, CRS formed a Joint Venture with ActewAGL Retail. The JV considered a range of WtE technologies and examined the most successful and environmentally beneficial plants operating around the world. The JV then began an extensive community consultation program to gauge support for such a proposal. After many months, and meetings with hundreds of people, it became apparent that the Canberra community was not ready for WtE at this stage. While there is widespread support for such a proposal, a large proportion of the population clearly needed more time to understand the technology and environmental outcomes. CRS decided to remove the WtE component from the proposal and instead work with Veolia to send non-recyclable residues to the Woodlawn Bioreactor.

China bans foreign garbage: Australia set for a rubbish problem

China’s ban on foreign waste set to impact Australia AUSTRALIA could face a “devastating” rubbish problem this year following China’s ban on “foreign garbage”. Charis Chang@CharisChang2 JANUARY 5, 201812:20PM  THEY are calling it the “Green Sword” and China’s ban on foreign waste looks set to have “devastating” impacts on [...]

February 2nd, 2018|Waste to Energy Media|

City to forge ahead on waste to energy

JANUARY 12 2018 - 3:00PM Ballarat City Council to forge ahead on waste to energy if snubbed in upcoming budgets Brendan Wrigley Ballarat City Council’s planned waste to energy facility will take shape by the end of 2018, regardless of state or federal funding.  Ballarat City chief executive Justine [...]

February 2nd, 2018|Waste to Energy Media|

Mt Piper WtE is “the least we can do”

DECEMBER 19 2017 - 9:00AM Mt Piper waste to energy plan is “the least we can do”, says academic Phoebe Moloney  ENERGY FLOW: Mt Piper Power Station. Picture: NICK MOIR. Research fellow at Charles Sturt University, Barney Foran, who specialises in low carbon energy said that investing in the use of landfill as [...]

December 20th, 2017|Waste to Energy Media|
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Mugga Lane Solar Farm Opens

The third solar farm funded by the ACT government opened this week, bringing the ACT to 35 per cent renewable energy. The Mugga Lane solar farm, owned by the Maoneng Group, is being paid $178 for each megawatt hour of electricity it produces, to a maximum of 24,600 megawatt hours [...]

March 2nd, 2017|Renewable Energy Media|

Wind and Solar Power are Disrupting

ALMOST 150 years after photovoltaic cells and wind turbines were invented, they still generate only 7% of the world’s electricity. Yet something remarkable is happening. From being peripheral to the energy system just over a decade ago, they are now growing faster than any other energy source and their [...]

February 25th, 2017|Renewable Energy Media|

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue to Rise

Canberra greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, despite 2020 deadline nearing Canberra appears further than ever from its 2020 greenhouse gas target, with emissions continuing to rise. The government set a target of emissions being 40 per cent below the 1990 level by 2020. But they are currently 26 [...]

December 16th, 2016|Renewable Energy Media|
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