New Energy Corporation general manager Jason Pugh.

Waste-to-energy plan firms for Port Hedland

Perth-based New Energy Corporation has received another boost to its proposal for Australia’s first waste-to-energy plant, with a commitment of waste from the Town of Port Hedland.


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Waste to Energy, what a great banner name. Sounds green, so why not? Well, because it is a hoax, that's why not. It is an incinerator, no matter what name they give it. By burning materials like plastic, paper and timber, only a fraction of the embedded energy is recovered. You burn it, new resources have to be made into products, which takes a lot of energy. So there is a actually a net loss. But besides that, there are far larger problems with waste incinerators. Despite all the technology inside the smoke stacks, these facilities emit dioxins and furans. There are similar facilities planned in Kwinana (WA, near Perth) which have been approved by the EPA. Well, the EPA has shown to have a hidden agenda or two; the E (of Environmental) in their name should be erased. Dioxins accumulate in fatty tissue of animals and humans. Cows pass it on to us through the milk, mothers pass it on to their babies through their milkfat. What does not appear through the smokestack, stays behind as fly ash and bottom ash. These are highly toxic and need to be dumped in a controlled landfill. This residue is likely to be 25-30% so not insignificant. Are there alternatives? Yes, there are. San Francisco is able to divert 80% of its waste away from landfill, and without incinerators. Reuse, reduce, recycle and redesign is the answer!

Hi Bart, Just to clarify New Energy is proposing the use of gasification not incineration, which I understand is more appealing from an environmental standpoint.

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29th↓Town of Port Hedland$49.5m
31st↓City of Subiaco$45.7m
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