Maryvale project wins Vic’s first Energy from Waste licence

Aerial photo of the Maryvale Energy from Waste site
Image: Opal ANZ

The Maryvale Energy from Waste (EfW) project has been successfully awarded the first Energy from Waste licence from Recycling Victoria under the Waste to Energy Scheme.

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The EfW facility will process non-recyclable municipal solid waste (MSW) that would otherwise go to landfill, to generate energy for the Maryvale pulp and paper mill. By doing so, it aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Victoria by an estimated 270,000 tonnes per year, which is equivalent to taking 50,000 cars off the road annually.

The Maryvale Energy from Waste (EfW) project is developed by a consortium of partners including Opal, Veolia and Masdar Tribe Australia.

The licence award coincides with the start of the detailed geotechnical study at the location of the EfW facility, in preparation for construction design and costings. This involves drill holes, surface soil sampling and speciality electro seismic surveys.

Spanish infrastructure group Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios SA will use the findings of the
geotechnical study to enable engineering designs and costings for the foundations of the facility at the Maryvale EfW site.

Victorian Minister for Environment Steve Dimopoulos said the Waste to Energy Scheme was a key initiative that would help the state reach its target o f diverting 80% of waste from landfill by 2030.

“Projects like this mean more waste is diverted from landfill while creating new jobs across regional Victoria,” Dimopoulos said.

“We have a robust framework to regulate waste to energy in Victoria, this is the first step in the process which will ensure all facilities meet best practice environment protection requirements, reduce waste to landfill and demonstrate social licence with surrounding communities.”

The National Waste Report 2022 found Victoria has the second highest waste to landfill amount in Australia, which has seen a 15% increase since 2016-17.

The facility will provide an innovative and sustainable waste management solution to councils for their non-recyclable residual waste, by recovering energy and valuable materials and diverting it from landfill.

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Councils will not be locked in to supplying fixed waste volumes to the facility which will offer a ‘waste arising’ contract model, giving them the freedom to pursue alternate waste reduction initiatives without incur ring any penalty.

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