Energy from waste (EfW) refers to converting waste materials into fuels, or energy in the form of electricity, heat, or cooling. It is often used interchangeably with the term ‘waste to energy’.

Currently there is no nationally consistent policy approach to recovering energy from waste materials in Australia, with a mixture (or absence) of policy settings across the country. The Queensland Government is undertaking consultation to inform the development of an EfW policy which is best suited to our state.

Developing the EfW policy is a key action identified in the delivery of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy (waste strategy).

The aim of this discussion paper is to seek feedback on how stakeholders see the role and use of EfW technologies in Queensland’s approach to waste management. This will help to inform a government policy position and the development of the EfW policy.

This discussion paper identifies a proposed role for EfW in Queensland and how it could support implementation of the waste strategy. The discussion paper also 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.

Submissions are due by 5pm, 26 August 2019.

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