EMRC to turn waste into energy
THE Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) 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.
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 only pay for the capacity they use and there will be no penalty for councils who successfully implement landfill waste reduction schemes.
EMRC chairman David McDonnell said that reducing, reusing and recycling had always been, and would continue to be, the key strategy of waste management at the EMRC.
“There will always be some level of residual waste remaining so putting it to use as a renewable energy source, as an alternative to fossil fuel, makes economic as well as environmental sense,” he said.
The East Rockingham facility is the first utility-scale municipal solid waste-to-energy facility in Australia.
New Energy Corp CEO Jason Pugh and Enzo Gulloti with EMRC chairman Cr David McDonnell and CEO Peter Schneider.