Will the energy precinct mean there will be more
This project will not require more trucks as we
will be diverting existing waste streams from landfill to the system.
Will you be bringing in more rubbish into the area than there is now?
This project is being scoped based on current waste input so no more waste to be brought into the area.
Where will the waste come from and how do you know it will be clean?
The waste will come from paper recyclers and the
transfer stations owned and operated by the Calleja group (which owns MBC). The project team performed an audit on the
waste being received at the end of last year and found the majority of it was not
contaminated and we will construct a sorting and cleaning facility to ensure all
contaminants are removed.
What do you do with waste that can’t be turned into energy?
Any waste that cannot be processed to form energy will be diverted back to the landfill.
Where will the plant be on the site?
At this stage, the plan is to install the plant at the JBD industrial park that adjoins MBC.
How much noise will there be?
There will be no increase in noise compared to operations today.
What will it smell like?
There will be no increase in smell compared to operations today. The plant will be housed in a building. The plant is proven internationally and will be built to European emission requirements (the highest in the world), and compliant with Victorian emission standards.
What pollutants will be emitted when rubbish is processed?
Similar to any thermally processed fuel, there will be some pollutants created, for example carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and some particulates.
The plant will include air pollution control devices to reduce pollutant levels to ensure the plant meets EPA emission guidelines.
By processing the waste instead of landfilling, we will reduce
the creation of methane that occurs when
waste decomposes, so the net effect will be to reduce the impact on the environment.
How will our air quality change?
The plant will improve air quality in Victoria by reducing the amount of coal that needs to be transformed to create electricity. Methane emissions will also be reduced because there will be less waste going to landfill.
There will be no noticeable impact on local air quality. Any emissions must meet or exceed air quality standards defined by the EPA.
Will burning the gas in the LFG flare cause light pollution?
The plan is to operate the 24/7 so base load power is produced.
How will you ensure that only clean rubbish is used? What happens if the wrong sort of rubbish is processed?
MBC currently undertakes significant screening to separate out materials that can be re-used or recycled. This approach will be extended by adding a new pre sorting facility to ensure the quality and composition of waste. Any item that is not suitable will be removed and sent to landfill.
What are the dangers if something goes wrong with the process and uncontrolled emissions are released?
The plant will be staffed and monitored 24/7 to ensure it operates as required. The plant can and will be shut down immediately if needed. This will stop operation and the creation of emissions and any further risks.
Is there an increased fire risk?
The establishment of the plant reduces the fire risk in the area by reducing the volume of waste being sent to landfill (which can create methane). The thermal treatment of the process is tightly controlled and monitored.
What if stockpiled material catches fire and spreads to other rubbish at the landfill?
The plant will only be stockpiling waste for use over the weekend, so it will be a limited and manageable volume. MBC has a CFA approved fire management plan and it will be reviewed, in consultation with regulators, to ensure that it continues to be appropriate for the new operations.
Where else in Australia has this been done?
This plant will be the first of its kind in Victoria, and Australia. There are several other similar plants being developed in other states, but these are mostly dealing with municipal waste – which is far more complicated than the waste we will be processing at MBC.