AN initiative to push for the opening of an “advanced waste processing site” in Victoria is being supported by Kingston Council.
Kingston mayor Steve Staikos says that the shrinking availability of landfill meant something had to be done soon. “There will be no more landfill space in the south-eastern or eastern suburbs of Melbourne by 2025, so something significant needs to be done, and fast,” he said. “We can’t sit back and do nothing when we can clearly see a crisis in the near future. Kingston is taking positive action by committing to the project and calls on other councils to join.
“The project will deliver a vital alternative to landfill that will transform how household rubbish is managed by converting it into energy, instead of burying it in the ground. The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group has said that advanced waste processing solutions will play a significant role in achieving the Victorian Government’s new target to divert 80 per cent of household rubbish from landfill by 2030.”
The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group is seeking proposals from industry for the facility on behalf of the councils.
To play their part, councils have been asked to make a commitment to send household waste to the proposed advanced waste processing facility for the first 25 years of its operation.