Waste to Energy in Ballarat

The City of Ballarat has been planning for a Waste to Energy plant for five years, which would divert 60 per cent of the city’s waste into an affordable and secure energy source for industry, reduce carbon emissions and decrease the current regional landfill’s environmental impacts.

Currently, 30,000 tonnes of waste are deposited in the landfill each year, with waste disposal costing more than $18 million per year.

A Waste to Energy facility at the Ballarat West Employment Zone would provide a long-term waste management solution not only for Ballarat but also the Western region, with the proposed facility capable of processing large volumes of municipal waste and providing energy not achievable through any other technology while also producing no adverse emissions.

It is also estimated a Waste to Energy facility would increase the size of Ballarat’s economy by $202 million through building and flow-on effects, with about 420 jobs created during construction. It would also generate 120 ongoing jobs.

Waste to Energy Heads of Agreement

The City of Ballarat’s exclusive Heads of Agreement period with Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) for a due diligence study for a Waste Recovery facility at the Ballarat West Employment Zone has now expired and Council has now voted to hold off any action until after the State Government presents its Circular Economy Policy and Action Plan, expected in late 2019. 

The City of Ballarat intends to keep residents up-to-date throughout this process, and has created this project page as a one-stop information platform for the entire community.

You can also visit ballarat.vic.gov.au to find out more about waste and recycling.



The City of Ballarat has been planning for a Waste to Energy plant for five years, which would divert 60 per cent of the city’s waste into an affordable and secure energy source for industry, reduce carbon emissions and decrease the current regional landfill’s environmental impacts.

Currently, 30,000 tonnes of waste are deposited in the landfill each year, with waste disposal costing more than $18 million per year.

A Waste to Energy facility at the Ballarat West Employment Zone would provide a long-term waste management solution not only for Ballarat but also the Western region, with the proposed facility capable of processing large volumes of municipal waste and providing energy not achievable through any other technology while also producing no adverse emissions.

It is also estimated a Waste to Energy facility would increase the size of Ballarat’s economy by $202 million through building and flow-on effects, with about 420 jobs created during construction. It would also generate 120 ongoing jobs.

Waste to Energy Heads of Agreement

The City of Ballarat’s exclusive Heads of Agreement period with Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) for a due diligence study for a Waste Recovery facility at the Ballarat West Employment Zone has now expired and Council has now voted to hold off any action until after the State Government presents its Circular Economy Policy and Action Plan, expected in late 2019. 

The City of Ballarat intends to keep residents up-to-date throughout this process, and has created this project page as a one-stop information platform for the entire community.

You can also visit ballarat.vic.gov.au to find out more about waste and recycling.