ReWaste Anaerobic Digestion Plant Open for Business

VIDEO: Melbourne’s New Food Waste to Energy Plant

Following five years of planning, the project formerly known as Waste to Energy and now dubbed ReWaste has opened its doors to customers.

Image © Yarra Valley Water

Following five years of planning, the project formerly known as Waste to Energy and now dubbed ReWaste has opened its doors to customers.

The plant, which accepts wastes including food and other organic wastes, has been developed by utility firm, Yarra Valley Water, and will process around 33,000 tonnes of waste every year.

The facility sits next to an existing sewage treatment plant in Wollert near Craigieburn and will generate enough biogas to run both sites with surplus energy to be exported to the electricity grid.

Yarra Valley Water Managing Director, Pat McCafferty, said that while similar facilities have been successfully used throughout the world, including Europe and the US, extensive research was needed to determine whether it would work in the Australian market.

“Instead of treating the organics as waste, we’re treating them as a product with value that can be reused to create and capture methane gas resulting in significant environmental and cost benefits,” McCafferty said.

“As well as helping to keep organics out of landfill we are also helping to make recycling commercial organic waste easier and more affordable for businesses,” he concluded.

A video explaining more can be viewed below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN_cwD0sp64

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