Oppose Suez’s Matraville Incinerator


A proposed incinerator in Matraville will put public health at risk, damage the environment and impact thousands of people.

Why is it bad? Read 10 reasons to say no to the incinerator to understand how this proposal will affect our community.

What’s Suez’s proposal all about?

Waste company Suez and paper mill Opal want to built a waste-to-energy incinerator plant at the paper mill on Botany Road in Matraville.

The proposal is classified as State Significant Development as it is a co-generation of heat and electricity and has a capital investment value of over $30M. This means it bypasses local approvals of Randwick Council and will be determined by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

The proposed waste incinerator would burn 165,000 tonnes of non-recyclable rubbish such as plastics, textiles and furniture each year to help power the Opal paper mill. The stack would discharge a cocktail of toxic pollutants covering eastern Sydney.

Suez’s incinerator will operate 24 hours a day and result in a stack 60m high located less than 100 metres from the nearest resident’s homes.

You can view Suez’s proposal and see where it’s up to on the Planning Department’s Major Projects page.

Hear what Mike Whitney thinks about Suez’s waste incinerator!

Street view of the paper mill from Botany Road.

So what happens when you burn waste in Sydney?

The map below shows what happens when you burn waste in Sydney. The shaded area shows how the pollutants discharged from each incinerator will cover all of Sydney!
Find where you live and how you will be affected!

The shading shows the areas that will be affected by burning waste in the Sydney Basin

So WHY is the NSW Government even considering this proposal at Matraville or anywhere else in Sydney? Matraville is one of seven sites being proposed in the Greater Sydney area for burning Sydney and the ACT’s rubbish – it’s time to say NO MORE INCINERATORS! Find out how you can help.

We need your help to tell the Government what the community thinks. Join No More Incinerators and the community fighting Suez’s proposal. Click here to donate!

Latest updates


We thought we’d done with hearing all the misinformation published by Suez about their Matraville waste incinerator, but apparently not!Given the steady stream of misinformation being published by the waste industry, and the NSW government trying to convince the public that waste incineration is really OK, we thought it appropriate to dispel a few ofContinue reading “DISPELLING THE MYTHS!”

Veolia Withdraws Proposal for Incinerator at Matraville

This afternoon Veolia (who now own Suez) officially withdrew their proposal to attach a waste incinerator to OPAL’s Matraville Paper Mill. We already knew that Veolia’s ridiculous proposal was dead in the water, but it’s great to get the news officially! A big thank you to Matt Thistlethwaite, Michael Daley, Cr Danny Said, Randwick MayorContinue reading “Veolia Withdraws Proposal for Incinerator at Matraville”

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