Waste to en­ergy agree­ment signed

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Eastern Metropoli­tan Re­gional Coun­cil has signed a waste sup­ply agree­ment with Hi­tachi Zosen Inova, global lead­ers in turn­ing waste into en­ergy, for the East Rock­ing­ham Re­source Re­cov­ery Fa­cil­ity.

The move will mean more than 95,000 tonnes of resid­ual waste will be di­verted from land­fill at the Red Hill waste man­age­ment fa­cil­ity and turned into a re­new­able en­ergy source as early as 2021.

The an­nounce­ment comes af­ter the sign­ing of the par­tic­i­pants’ agree­ment with the cities of Swan, Bel­mont, Kala­munda and Shire of Mun­dar­ing last week.

The City of Bayswa­ter and Town of Bassendean pulled out of the agree­ment ear­lier this year, say­ing the terms and length of the con­tract did not meet their sat­is­fac­tion.

Un­der the terms of the agree­ment, the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­cils will sup­ply their waste to the fa­cil­ity on a ‘ waste aris­ing ba­sis’, which means they will pay only for the ca­pac­ity they use and there will be no penalty for coun­cils who suc­cess­fully im­ple­ment land­fill waste re­duc­tion schemes.

EMRC chair­man coun­cil­lor David McDon­nell said re­duc­ing, re- us­ing and re­cy­cling had al­ways been and would con­tinue to be their key waste man­age­ment strat­egy.

The East Rock­ing­ham fa­cil­ity is the first util­ity- scale mu­nic­i­pal solid waste to en­ergy fa­cil­ity in Aus­tralia.

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