How it works: Bill McKee's plan to turn rubbish into power
LISMORE businessman Bill McKee says simple wood and paper waste could be easily converted into small pellets which can then be burned to create electricity.
Mr McKee says the method would help reduce waste while providing a renewable source of power.
The Lismore Recycling and Recovery Centre, sees 2700 tonnes of wood and 8500 tonnes of waste paper through its gates each year.
Transformed into pellets, those materials could produce 7000mwh of energy per annum, 130% of Lismore City Council's energy needs.
For example, Mr McKee said the 3000 gigajoules of gas used at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre every year could be replaced with 120 tonnes of pellets incinerated in a small-scale energy generator.