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EPA invites comment on proposed waste to energy plant at Laverton North

5 Aug 2019

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is assessing a works approval application for a proposed waste to energy plant at Laverton North.

The applicant, Recovered Energy Australia Pty Ltd, proposes to develop a waste-to-energy facility to process 200,000 tonnes/year of source separated residual municipal solid waste.

The proposed facility is to be located at 28 Alex Fraser Drive, Laverton North VIC 3026.

Recovered Energy Australia Pty Ltd proposes to deliver approximately 15 MW of electricity to the grid and seeks to divert municipal solid waste currently destined for landfill.

The proposal utilises a modular system of vertical rotary thermal gasifiers, and is classified under legislation as an A08 (Waste to energy) and K01 (Power station) scheduled premises.

EPA will assess the proposal against all relevant environmental policies and guidelines and look at any potential environmental and human health impacts that could result from the proposed facility.

Separate from a possible EPA Works Approval, Recovered Energy Australia has secured a planning permit from Wyndham City Council to construct and operate the proposed facility.

The application is currently available on the Engage Victoria website with further information on how to make a submission available from Wednesday, 7 August 2019.   You can see the application here:

Interested persons are invited to make submissions regarding the proposal by 28 August 2019.

Submissions can either be sent by email to or by mail:

EPA Victoria

GPO Box 4395

Melbourne VIC 3001

Please note that any comments received will usually be made publicly available.

Works approvals are issued by EPA under the Environment Protection Act 1970. They are required for industrial and waste management activities that have the potential for significant environmental impact.

A works approval allows plant and equipment to be installed, the operation of which will result in one or more of: 

  • the discharge of waste to the environment
  • an increase in, or alteration to, an existing discharge
  • a change in the way waste is treated or stored.

Page last updated on 5 Aug 2019