No More Incinerators (NMI) has written to the Minister for Energy and Environment, Matt Kean, highlighting grave concerns about the NSW Energy from Waste Policy Statement that is based on a supposedly independent review by Sydney University. In particular:
- The review is not independent:
Sydney University’s Waste Transformation Research Hub is partnered with, and has received funding from, a range of fossil fuel and waste management companies, including Toxfree (wholly owned by Cleanaway – the proponent of the Blacktown waste incinerator).
- The scope of the review is limited:
It looks at only one option – reducing the amount of material going to landfill via the mass incineration of dry waste. NMI argues that a complete, independent review would be based on a thorough cost-benefit analysis of all available options, e.g.
a. Business as usual – continue disposing waste to landfill;
b. Incinerating waste to replace landfill with the attendant health and environmental
impacts of this policy; and
c. Creating a circular economy with positive economic, health and environmental impacts for NSW. A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study,” Building a More Circular Australia”, estimates the cumulative economic benefit to NSW of moving to a circular economy through to 2040 of around $648 billion.
Read our letter to the Minister:
NMI has been asking for a meeting with the Minister since May to discuss these issues, but to date, we have heard nothing.
The proposed Matraville incinerator will be less than 100m from homes, childcare centers and schools – that should ring alarm bells for all Sydney residents because toxic emissions from large scale waste incineration will harm our health and the environment. The photo above shows what’s at stake!
How can you help? By writing to your local pollies and objecting to the burning of waste to solve our landfill issues. For more information on how you can object, or write to your local member click HERE