Sign the ACT petition

The NSW Government proposes a priority waste-to-energy incineration precinct 35km from the ACT.

A proposed incinerator at Tarago will burn 380,000 tonnes of Sydney’s waste each year, including plastics, municipal and industrial waste. It will operate 24 hours a day for 30 years.

The NSW Government plan says these facilities are unsafe for Sydney, reporting for some common air pollutants, there is no safe threshold of impact and citing research concluding “contamination of food and ingestion of pollutants is a significant risk pathway for both nearby and distant residents”.

Emissions modelling demonstrates pollutants will spread throughout the ACT and its surrounds.

The ACT Government banned waste-to-energy incineration and proposes legislating the right to a healthy environment. The proposed incinerator jeopardises these moves to protect Canberrans from climate change and ensure everyone can access clean air, water, healthy food and nature.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to:

  • publicly oppose the proposal and any waste-to-energy incinerator proposed near the ACT;

  • ban ACT waste from being used as feedstock for waste-to-energy incineration;

  • call on the Act Government to liaise with NSW Government counterparts to ensure ACT opposition is heard;

  • call on the ACT Government to lodge a submission to oppose the proposal during the public exhibition of the Development Application and Environmental Impact Study;

  • call on the ACT Government to conduct an awareness campaign to ensure Canberrans are informed and know how to object.

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Each signature demonstrates to ACT Parliament that residents and citizens across ACT do not want large industrial waste incinerators polluting their homes, animals, land and food. This petition is only active for 3 months and we need 20,000 signatures to force the government to take this seriously.  

Who can sign?

Any resident of ACT can sign the petition, regardless of their age. Children under the age of 18 can also sign the petition. Any information you provide is kept confidential by the ACT Parliament and not used for any other purpose. To sign, you need to provide your first name, last name, and a unique email address (so each member of your family must use a separate email address).


How do I sign?

  1. Open the petition on the ACT Parliament website here 

  2. Click the 'Yes' link where it says 'Do you wish to sign this e-Petition?'

  3. Click the 'Accept conditions of use'.

  4. Fill in your title (Ms, Mrs, Mr etc.), first name, last name and email address.

  5. Click the box 'I confirm that the details entered above are true and correct.'

  6. If you'd like to stay updated, click the box 'Please notify me when a response to this E-Petition has been posted'

  7. Retype the characters from the picture to show you're not a robot 

  8. Click the green "Submit" button.


What happens when I sign?

Your signature is added to the petition tally. Go the ACT Parliament website to keep track of our progress here .


Every signature counts to encourage the ACT Government to take action. Please ask your friends, family and neighbours to sign. Post links on your social media accounts and ask people directly for their support. We'll have signs for businesses to use uploaded to our website over the next week so be sure to check back soon.


Thank you for your support!

3 children holding signs saying 'We say no to toxic waste incinerator'