Wednesday March 28, 2018
Sweeping changes to the regulation of the waste industry and a lead body responsible for waste management infrastructure planning are among more than 30 recommendations made by the Parliamentary Inquiry investigating the waste disposal industry in NSW.
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said the inquiry highlighted pressing issues facing the state’s waste industry, including the regulation of energy from waste projects like the Eastern Creek Incinerator Proposal.
“Based on the scientific evidence presented, the Committee has concluded it does not support even the Stage 1 proposal and confirmed it’s the wrong proposal, burning the wrong materials, in the wrong place,” Mrs Davies said.
“I welcome this finding and will continue to work with the Premier and my parliamentary colleagues as the planning process continues, to ensure scientific evidence sees the end of this preposterous proposal for Western Sydney.”
“I will continue to stand up and fight for my community as this potentially dangerous and unwanted proposal is assessed.”
Other concerns highlighted include, illegal dumping, the interstate transportation of waste, the ill-defined regulatory role of the NSW Environment Protection Authority in particular around energy from waste and the significant challenges facing the recycling and resource recovery sector.
“While the Government is assisting Councils to improve their waste management systems, as Sydney grows better coordination will be needed between the two to develop the infrastructure required for the state’s waste disposal and recycling. This will include the identification and zoning of suitable land and strict buffer zones for waste management facilities.”
Find all of the recommendations from the ‘Energy from waste’ technology inquiry on the NSW Parliament website by visiting; https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/committees/inquiries/Pages/inquiry-details.aspx?pk=2436#tab-reports .
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