City’s burn notice
PART of the City of Cockburn’s blueprint for a zerowaste target will be to burn food scraps for energy rather than follow a State Government directive to compost the organic material.
The council also intends to transition to 100 per cent renewable energy for its operations and net zero corporate emissions by 2030.
Rubbish thrown into the City’s red-lid bins would be sent to the under-construction East Rockingham waste-to-energy plant to be burned for power from 2022.
Cockburn households also have a yellow-lid recycling bin and a green-lid garden waste bin but their council does not plan to follow the State Government’s call to have waste from green-lid bins that also take food scraps recovered for composting.
Ratepayers in Cockburn currently throw out 21,000 tonnes of red-bin rubbish, including food scraps, every year.
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said only genuinely residual waste that remained remains after efforts to reduce waste and recover materials should be provided to waste to energy.
The City generates about 23 per cent of its own renewable energy from solar infrastructure but wants to transition to 100 per cent renewable sources by 2030.
A net zero emissions policy would see the City buy carbon offset credits to cover any shortfalls of the target.
The City’s climate strategy contains 14 objectives to be achieved by an action plan, which include reduction of energy consumption, smart city innovation, zero non-hazardous waste to landfill, a zero emissions fleet, increasing the urban forest and coastal adaptation.
City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett, pictured above, said over the next year there would be an electric rubbish truck trial and a study examining the feasibility of green hydrogen.
Cockburn’s new Climate Change Strategy for the next 10 years also recommends upgrading the council’s part-time climate change officer to full time.