Brisbane Australia to Open Landfill Gas Facility

Posted on July 15, 2011 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Brisbane will commence a landfill gas operation to turn the city’s waste into electricity. Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced that Landfill Gas Industries would build the plant at a remediated landfill site at Willawong in the city’s south and operate it over the next decade with Diamond Energy. The plant will also save Brisbane City Council $80,000 in annual upkeep costs, which would now be borne by the facility’s owners, he said.

Quirk said the site, closed in the 1990s, has underground well and piped gas harvesting systems already in place to release methane created by the rubbish. Electricity will be generated by burning off the methane gas, which is 21 times more environmentally damaging than CO2, to the electricity grid.

“Not that long ago, landfill sites were nothing more than holes in the ground, but now we have a way to turn what was useless waste into a useful energy source,” Quirk said.

Another landfill gas facility at Rochedale has been generating power since 2004 and produces enough renewable electricity each year to power 6,500 homes.

Queensland Greens spokesperson Libby Connors reportedly said Brisbane and Australia are behind the rest of the world.

“Queensland and Brisbane in particular are a long way behind the (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) where at least 20 OECD countries are already using this sort of technology,” she said.

She said The Greens have been calling for the Willawong landfill gas plan for 20 years, adding, “It’s interesting the only two plants are here in Brisbane but there are plenty of other opportunities to develop this around the state”.

Waste Management Association of Australia Queensland president Pravin Menon reportedly said Brisbane City Council is pushing forward with good sustainability policy.
“What Brisbane City Council is doing is extremely responsible from an environmental perspective…in actually utilising a resource in the ground that would otherwise add to our environmental impact,” he said.

He said future waste management strategies need to avoid, reuse and divert waste.

“Councils should firstly look at reducing the amount of waste that they send to landfill,” he said.

The plant is due to be operational by June 2012.