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“Zero Waste is a goal that is both pragmatic and visionary, to guide people to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water, or air that may be a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health. ”

Definition of Zero Waste as adopted by the Zero Waste International Alliance

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NSW Cleanaway EIS submission

The public submission period is currently open for the NSW Cleanaway waste to energy incinerator. Zero Waste Australia has prepared a 2 page factsheet to assist the community and encourage them to make a submission to the NSW EPA. Please find more information under our Library section.
“This project has no social licence to operate in NSW or Australia. Waste to energy incinerators undermine the recycling and reuse sectors, entrenching an unsustainable linear economy and increase deadly air pollution.  International experts working on climate, health and the environment warn that we need to urgently move to a more sustainable and regenerative circular economy. The NSW EPA should reject this most expensive and polluting way to manage the smallest fraction of our waste stream and put NSW on the path to a Zero Waste City Model for a circular economy future.”
–  Jane Bremmer Zero Waste Australia coordinator.

Latest News

Jo Immig says that proponents of waste-to-energy technologies don’t like the word incinerator. ‘It conjures up Dickensian images with chimney stacks belching out sooty pollution. While modern incinerator flue emissions might look “cleaner” they release some of the deadliest pollutants known.

You can see why Sydney doesn’t want this in their skyline. What makes anyone think the Northern Rivers wants it in theirs?Photo Jane Bremmer The residents of the Richmond Valley LGA have had seven weeks to simmer over the possibility of a waste incinerator coming to...

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Federal Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill approved today

Today the Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill was passed in the Senate without amendment. Despite a senate inquiry into the bill and attempts by the Greens and Labor, the Government refused to allow amendments to the bill that would address plastic pollution and...

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Projects and Information

Eastern Creek – NSW rejects The Next Generation Waste to Energy Incineration project

The Next Generation NSW Pty Ltd have submitted to the NSW EPA for assessment a Mass Combustion MSW incinerator claimed to be the largest in the southern hemisphere. More than 70% of those who made submissions to the NSW EPA did not support the project. Strong community opposition existed, including local government health authorities who have warned that the project risks years of concerted environmental protection policy to reduce the impacts of air pollution in the urban centers.

The NSW parliamentary inquiry report in energy from waste technology recommended that Dial A Dump Industries’ The Next Generation EfW plant not be approved. Now, this sentiment has been echoed by the NSW Department of Planning.


NTN congratulates the NSW Greens party, NSW Labor party and NSW regulatory agencies of health,environment, planning and the EPA who have unanimously rejected The Next Generation Waste to Energy Incineration project.  This industry has no place in a sustainable zero waste management future for Australia. It simply makes no sense to burn finite resources for dirty energy while we face catastrophic climate threats and global ecological collapse. Climate change is a compelling global issue that requires all governments around the world to invest in and support sustainable materials production and non-thermal waste management technologies. Only a Zero Waste Policy approach will move us closer to the goal of a Circular Economy. We need organics returned to the biosphere through composting and a materials production system that can safely reuse and recycle any waste that is generated.”States Jane Bremmer Zero Waste OZ coordinator. The full NTN media release is available here.

Media report included the Guardian Online, Nine news, Green Left and Jeremy Buckinham and Inside Waste.Finally a twitter video feed from Nine News.

Why Australia should walk away from waste to energy incineration and embrace a sustainable zero waste policy instead. Watch Jane Bremmer present at the NSW public forum to stop the worlds largest incinerator at Eastern Creek in Western Sydney here
The Zero Waste Solution

International Zero Waste expert, Professor Paul Connett provides the blueprint for communities and decision makers around the world on how to establish sustainable zero waste city models and why this issue has never been important now than ever. With a foreword by Jeremy Irons, this book is a must read for all zero waste enthusiast as well as local, state and national governments charged with the management of our waste.