City’s burn no­tice

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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