ABC TALKS TO LOCAL RESIDENTS DISPUTING SUEZ’S INCINERATOR PLAN

This week the ABC spoke to local residents and interviewed Chris Hanson, Campaign Manager for No More Incinerators, about the proposed Suez/Opal plan to build an incinerator in Matraville.  We are expecting the interviews to air on ABC News next week.

Why the interest? Suez’s damaging incinerator plan has not gone away!

The NSW EPA is still “actively engaging” with Suez and OPAL to determine whether this incinerator would be authorised under the proposed energy from waste legislation. Suez is trying to demonstrate to the NSW EPA and Govt that if their incinerator is fitted with modern, “advanced” pollutant scrubbing technology, there will be no detrimental impact to the health of nearby residents in the Bayside and Randwick LGAs and other impacts can be “managed” using the current planning assessment framework.

Suez’s approach fails to acknowledge the following significant health and environmental impacts:

  • Chronic, low-level exposure of local residents to heavy metals and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs);
  • Long term environmental degradation caused by the discharge of heavy metals and POPs into the atmosphere;
  • Continuous discharge of fine and ultrafine particulates impacting any community downwind of the discharge stack;
  • Significant, ever-increasing volumes of heavy truck traffic across Sydney and on the Botany and Randwick LGAs;
  • The huge volume of greenhouse gases generated by burning waste – 1.5 tonnes for every tonne burnt; and
  • Ongoing degradation of urban amenity and poor quality of life outcomes for surrounding local communities.

Our Response

Our local members Matt Thistlethwaite and Michael Daley, and both Bayside and Randwick Councils are writing to the NSW EPA to demand that the proposed Suez/OPAL incinerator not be allowed to proceed. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything from the EPA.

Bayside Council are carrying the No More Incinerator message with  stunning new billboards (opposite MacDonalds at the airport) and newly branded trucks! As the saying goes – One picture speaks a 1000 words!

NMI will have an Information Stall at Maroubra, Coogee and Malabar Beaches and La Perouse on consecutive Sundays in Feb 2022  where we’ll be selling our fabulous No Matraville Incinerator T-shirts and bumper stickers! So keep an eye on Facebook to find out where and when!

SO COME AND JOIN THE FIGHT TO PROTECT OUR HEALTH & THE ENVIRONMENT – OBJECT NOW!

2 thoughts on “ABC TALKS TO LOCAL RESIDENTS DISPUTING SUEZ’S INCINERATOR PLAN

  1. Hi Team,

    Is the State Liberal Party in favour of this project?
    Did they pass the electricity from waste legislation?
    Perhaps everyone should be targeting the upcoming NSW by-elections.
    If this incinerator goes ahead it’s only a matter of time before they will want to build more in other parts of Sydney.

    Regards
    Darren

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    1. Hi Darren
      Thanks for your post.

      Both parties are saying that they support the development of a Circular Economy and incineration to reduce waste going to landfill. This is a massive contradiction as burning waste for energy never has and never will be, part of a Circular Economy.

      This is because using waste to generate electricity is the most expensive and least efficient way to produce electricity and once you’ve burnt it, it’s gone. You can never get it back and you can’t add value to it by making something else with it, e.g. using scrap timber, furniture, etc to make new flooring. And generating electricity from it is not recycling it.

      No legislation has been passed yet. The NSW EPA is currently formulating legislation that will put the NSW Energy from Waste Infrastructure Plan and the NSW Energy from Waste Policy Statement into legal effect.

      And yes, everyone should be targeting their local members and the current minister – click on our OBJECT NOW button to let the ministers know what you think of their “plan”.

      And yes, you’re right – once one incinerator is approved it will provide the justification for others to follow.

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