19 July, 2019 –
The Palaszczuk Government has set ambitious targets under our new Waste Strategy to recover 90% of the waste we generate by 2050 and recycle at least 75% of this waste.
Avoiding and reducing waste should always be the most preferable option as a long-term solution, followed by reusing and recycling waste.
However, we acknowledge that some waste cannot be recycled, and it is better to recover energy from waste that would otherwise be destined for landfill.
Energy from waste (EfW) refers to converting waste materials into fuels, or energy in the form of electricity, heat, or cooling.
We have recently released a discussion paper to gather feedback on how Queenslanders see the use of EfW technologies in waste management.
This discussion paper identifies a proposed role for EfW in Queensland and outlines a set of proposed principles to help guide EfW developments in a way that ensures human health and the environment are protected, and maintains the integrity of reuse and recycling activities.
The discussion paper is open for public consultation until 26 August 2019 and is available at www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/waste/recovery/energy-waste
The new Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy is available at www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/waste/recovery/strategy