Yarra Valley Water has constructed a waste to energy facility which 100 tonnes of food waste that was previously destined for landfill will be processed every day into biogas via anaerobic digestion. Enough energy will be generated to run the facility and the neighbouring treatment plants. Any surplus energy will be exported to the electricity grid, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and Yarra Valley Water’s reliance on traditional sources of electricity. The expected savings will also keep pressure off household water bills, helping to reduce cost-of-living pressures. There was strong community support to construct the plant which was achieved through strong community engagement throughout the project. The township of Aurora was built as an ‘environmental showpiece’ and providing recycled water via a renewable energy source contributes to this vision.
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