Queensland calls for input on Energy from Waste policy

The Queensland Government has released a policy discussion paper on its planned Energy-from-Waste policy, with the State Minister for Environment Leeane Enoch saying the policy will form a key pillar in the state’s war on waste.

“The discussion paper, released today, is giving Queenslanders a chance to contribute to the development of a new policy, provide feedback on the types of technologies and help us plan for the future,” Ms Enoch said.

“The paper is an important action under the government’s new waste strategy, released last week.

“Converting waste to energy should not be considerd as an alternative to recycling. Avoiding and reducing waste should always be the most preferable option as a long-term solution, followed by reusing and recycling waste.

Ms Enoch said the Government’s waste strategy outlined priorities and actions to help grow the recycling and resource recovery sector, while reducing the amount of waste ending up in landfill.

Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) CEO Gayle Sloan said WMRR welcomed the release of Queensland’s draft Energy from Waste policy for community consultation.

“WMRR believes Energy from Waste is a vital part of a sustainable waste and resource recovery system, playing a key role in managing residual waste that would have otherwise ended up in landfill.

The discussion paper is open until August 26 and is available here

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