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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says Gippsland will benefit from a Liberal Nationals government pledge to end Victorian household waste being sent to landfill by 2035.
Mr O’Brien said two of the biggest problems our state is tackling today are finding ways to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill and securing a low emission source of energy.
“The Liberal National Coalition is committed to solving both these problems by investing in energy-from-waste facilities that will not only reduce landfill and improve access to baseload energy, but also create jobs,” Mr O’Brien said.
“One such opportunity for waste-to-energy is the proposed facility at Australian Paper in Maryvale creating 400 local jobs for Gippslanders.
“Further investment will be made into upgrading recycling technology throughout the state to eliminate household waste going to landfill by 2035.
“This represents a commitment of $120 million that will protect our environment and take the pressure off your hip pocket.”
Mr O’Brien said the waste crisis requires action.
“Under the Andrews Labor Government Victoria’s recycling waste has been stockpiling. It’s time for action.
“Australian Paper’s planned energy-from-waste project will be the first of its kind in Australia and will be based right here in Gippsland.
“There are already more than 500 energy-from-waste facilities in Europe that are using this proven-technology to improve waste management and there’s no excuse for our government to continue to ignore these advancements.”
Under the proposal being put forward by The Liberal Nationals Coalition, Victorian household waste entering landfill would be reduced by 33 per cent by 2025, 66 per cent by 2030, with 100 per cent reduction achieved by 2035.