Recovered Energy Australia has submitted a works approval application for a waste-to-energy facility.

On 27 June 2019, Recovered Energy Australia Pty Ltd (REA) submitted a final works approval application to EPA, as required under section 19B(c) of the Environment Protection Act 1970.

A copy of the works approval application can be viewed in the ‘Supporting documents’ section.

The application proposes development of a waste-to-energy facility to process 200,000 tonnes/year (+/- 20%) of source separate residual municipal solid waste (MSW).

The facility location is 28 Alex Fraser Drive, Laverton North VIC 3026.

Submissions on the application can be made by emailing or sent in writing by mail:

EPA Victoria
GPO Box 4395
Melbourne VIC 3001

Submissions are open until 4 September 2019.

Community information event.

A community information event was held on Monday 19th August from 6-8pm at the Laverton Community Hub. Presentations and materials from the event are available in the supporting documents section of this page.

A works approval is a statutory approval issued by EPA. It permits, subject to certain conditions, the construction of a plant (such as an industrial facility), installation of equipment or modification of a process.

Approval is required for industrial and waste management works that may result in any of the following:

  • discharge of waste into the environment (air, water or land)
  • an increase in, or alteration to, an existing discharge
  • a change in the way waste is treated or stored.

Our works approval process is designed to ensure the best and most cost-effective environmental outcomes on projects are achieved. Without works approvals there is an increased risk of industrial projects causing pollution and requiring expensive retrofitting. Works approvals are an opportunity to save energy and water, and to reduce waste at the project design stage, creating value for a business.

Public participation is an important principle of the Environment Protection Act 1970 and the works approval process. Accordingly, we invite the public to comment on works approval applications and some types of licence applications over a set consultation period.

During this consultation period, we may hold public open-house information sessions to explain the works approval process and provide information on the works approval application. We consider all such comments during our assessment of these applications. Applications are also referred to other relevant agencies for their review and advice.

The works approval process is designed to identify any community concerns early on and allow prompt resolution. If comments are received from any third parties, we give applicants an opportunity to address the concerns raised. We may also convene a conference of the parties to assist in resolving those concerns.

We complete our assessment taking into account our own technical appraisals, referral agency responses, public comments received and any applicant responses. We will then decide whether to issue a works approval and whether to attach any conditions to the approval.

The Environment Protection Act requires us to make a decision on works approval applications within four months of receiving a complete application, although we aim to complete our determination in three months. We may request further information from the applicant during the process or require an extension of time to complete the assessment.

If an appeal, by the applicant or affected third parties, is made against a works approval decision and/or any conditions attached to a works approval, the appeal will be heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

When a works approval has been issued, the applicant must construct the works in accordance with the approved plans and any conditions (which include a completion date for all works). When the works are complete, the applicant must contact EPA to arrange an inspection of them.

In most cases, a licence will then be required for operation of the works. Where appropriate, we will issue a commissioning approval before the licence, to allow startup and testing of initial operations and to confirm compliance with the works approval.

Further information on works approvals and EPA’s works approval process can be found in EPA works approvals(publication 1523).

The application proposes development of a waste-to-energy facility to process 200,000 tonnes/year (+/- 20%) of source separate residual municipal solid waste (MSW). The proposal is designed to deliver approximately 15 MW of electricity to the grid and seeks to divert MSW currently destined for landfill. The proposal utilises a modular system of vertical rotary thermal gasifiers, an advanced thermal treatment technology developed by Zhejiang ECO-WASTE Technology Co., Ltd., China. The proposal is scheduled as A08 (waste to energy) and K01 (Power station).

A public information session is being held at 6 – 7 pm, Monday 5 August 2019 at Laverton Community Hub, 95 Railway Avenue, Laverton VIC 3028.

RSVP for catering.