Plan to power homes from waste

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

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

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

"The type of plant that we have selected we feel is the most efficient and environmentally sustainable technology currently 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, the effects on nearby residents and the type of commercial and industrial waste to 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 in in his own electorate, include of using 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 a while before the environment impact statement is lodged with the planning department.

"We are in the early stages of the consultation process," the spokesman said.

"If the planning process proceeds in accordance with the timetable we have outlined and if planning approval is granted before the end of this year the facility could be undergoing commissioning and 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 keep an open mind and ask many questions," Cr Atalla said.

The TNG spokesman said he understood there were sceptics.

"To those people we ask you to have an open mind, to look at our website and listen to the evidence and to have regard to the future of the planet," the spokesman said.

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