BIOFUEL BOOST: Dan Czubala shows Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk around the Northern Oil Refinery yesterday.
BIOFUEL BOOST: Dan Czubala shows Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk around the Northern Oil Refinery yesterday. Mike Richards GLAPREM

New industry could turn backyard waste into millions

THE people who collect your garbage on Gladstone streets might be eyeing your stray palm fronds with the hope of making a bit of money.

With the announcement that Northern Oil Refinery, which the owners want to rename Northern Oil, has received environmental approval to build a $16 million biofuels pilot plant, green waste could soon be a commodity.

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JJ Richards and Sons business development manager Richard Taylor said the company wasn't about to set up green waste deposits to feed the biofuels plant just yet.

"(Northern Oil) are our partners and we're supporting them in what they're trying to do in Gladstone," he said.

He said it would be easier to go through the waste in landfill but the plant could turn the waste into money, creating an industry of collecting green waste.

"It just comes down to the science and economics of the plant," he said.


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