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Waste to Energy Project

In an Australian first, Yarra Valley Water has developed an innovative Waste to Energy facility in Wollert, to the north of Melbourne.

The facility converts organic waste otherwise destined for landfills into biogas, and ultimately energy, resulting in lower energy use, less waste going to landfill and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Construction details

Construction commenced in October 2015 and was completed in September 2016. Food waste was first received in November 2016 and the facility has been fully operational since May 2017. Works occurred from Monday to Saturday, between 7.00am and 6.00pm.

Construction activities were contained on site and nearby residents didn't experience any significant disruption due to noise or dust. People may have noticed a slight increase in construction traffic movements along Craigieburn Road East.


Map of Waste to Energy project location

Improving site access along Craigieburn Road East

Separate works were carried out as part of the project to improve traffic flows around the facility entrance on Craigieburn Road East, approximately one kilometre east of the Hume Freeway on-ramps. These works were completed in late-September 2016.


  • October 2015 - Construction commenced
  • September 2016 - Construction completed
  • November 2016 - First food waste received
  • March 2017 - First power generated and exported
  • May 2017 - Waste to Energy facility fully operational

Contact us

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact the project manager, Ian Donald, on (03) 9872 1247 or by email [email protected].