Power from waste sparks opposition

CONCERNS have been raised about what promises to be the most technologically advanced and successful recycling facility in Australia.

Next Generation (TNG) NSW wants to build a $700 million plant in Eastern Creek to generate electricity from building waste for 200,000 homes.

Owner Ian Malouf also owns the Genesis Xero waste disposal and recycling centre, which is next to the proposed site on Honeycomb Drive.

"The plant that we have selected has the most efficient and environmentally sustainable technology available," a TNG spokesman said.

Blacktown councillor Edmond Atalla called on the state government to reject the proposal.

He is concerned about the 24/7 hour operation, its impact on residents and the type of commercial and industrial waste that will be incinerated.

"It shouldn't be near an urban area," Cr Atalla said.

"If it's safe as they claim it is, the Premier should put it in his own electorate, not use western Sydney as a dumping ground."

A community open day will be held at the proposed site on February 22 at 2pm.

It will be some time before the environment impact statement is lodged with the planning department, according to a TNG spokesman.

‘‘We are in the early stages of the consultation process,’’ the TNG spokesman said.

‘‘If the planning process goes to timetable and if planning approval is granted before the end of this year the facility could be undergoing testing at the end of two years thereafter.’’

Cr Atalla remains unconvinced despite a recent a meeting with Mr Malouf, who will brief all Blacktown councillors in the coming weeks.

‘‘I look forward to the briefing and will ask many questions,’’ Cr Atalla said.

The TNG spokesman understands there are sceptics.

‘‘We ask people to keep an open mind, look at our website, listen to the evidence and think about the future of the planet,’’ he said.

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