History

DUMPING AT SEA – UP TO THE 1930’S
In the early 30’s Commonwealth Government legislated that rubbish dumped at sea had to be dumped 15 miles past Sydney heads, previously it had been 5 miles.

Rubbish Punt at Buckles Wharf, Blackwattle Bay 1913


 
INCINERATION – 1930’S – 1990’S
The last operating municipal waste incinerator technology in Australia, the Waterloo incinerator in Sydney, was closed down in 1996 due to pollution levels and community opposition.

Pyrmont Incinerator

Toxic Pollution
Scientists have identified over 200 toxic substances from the incineration of municipal solid waste

Waterloo Incinerator


 
LANDFILL – 1960’S – TODAY
For over five decades, Australian’s have sent every type of waste, toxic or otherwise, into landfill. Unfortunately leading to issues such as emissions, toxic leachates and a loss of primary resources, just to name a few.

Woodlawn tip at Goulburn
This super tip is also a new source of green power.

Methane from the decomposing waste will be burned to generate electricity.