Waste to energy agreement signed
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.