Queensland councils showed support for zero waste by 2028 at a waste forum in Brisbane.
The forum saw the launch of two new detailed reports which reveal the value in, and public support for, an energy-from-waste solution.
Key findings of the report include:
- The waste levy has the capacity to fund an ambitious ten year plan worth $2.5 billion to build five to eight high technology plants involving options including anaerobic digestion and/or gaseous extraction and/or refuse derived fuel power plants
- The majority (83 per cent) of residents support a Zero Waste goal
- Three quarters (75 per cent) of residents support Waste-to-Energy technology investment and initiatives
- 90 per cent of residents believe that funds raised from controls and levies must be 100 per cent diverted back into waste management initiatives and programs
Scenic Rim Regional Council Councillor Greg Chistensen said the event was a great opportunity for debate and discussion, and paved a way for future developments in waste and recycling.
“For a long time the issue of waste has had different degrees of focus around the place,” said Councillor Chistensen.”It’s delightful to hear everyone starting to talk about zero waste.”
Toowoomba Regional Council Councillor Nancy Sommerfield said the forum presented opportunities that were available and emerging in waste and recycling.
“It’s good to have so many people in the room with diversity of agenda,” said Councillor Sommerfield.
“There are a lot of opportunities out there. We believe we are leading the way in many ways; we have a really good strategy, we’re closing off landfills, building new waste transfer faciltilies. I’m keen to see how we advance that into the future.”