WASTE TO EN­ERGY PLAN

Wheat­belt and Great South­ern Shires join forces to in­ves­ti­gate a world-first waste dis­posal plant.

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

Six shires in the Up­per Great South­ern re­gion are con­sid­er­ing buy­ing a world-first py­rol­y­sis waste dis­posal plant that would trans­form the way we view rub­bish.

Land­fills are not only ex­pen­sive but also detri­men­tal to the en­vi­ron­ment.

How­ever, if the shires of Wa­gin, Nar­ro­gin, Wick­epin, Cuballing, Pin­gelly and Wil­liams, get their way, land­fills could soon be a thing of the past.

Mak­ing up the Great South­ern Re­gional Waste Group, the six shires have been pur­su­ing py­rol­y­sis tech­nol­ogy cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped at Curtin Univer­sity.

The plant would turn all house­hold waste — ex­cept big bat­ter­ies and glass — into bio-fuel with the po­ten­tial for in­dus­trial ap­pli­ca­tion, and bio-char for agri­cul­tural use.

Shire of Wa­gin chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Web­ster is lead­ing the charge and says the py­rol­y­sis plant would burn waste at tem­per­a­tures be­tween 300C and 400C.

“Plas­tic, food waste, pa­per, all of that stuff can got through this process and you end up with a bio-prod­uct,” he said.

“For ev­ery tonne of waste you put through, you end up with 50 per cent in bio-prod­uct.”

The Great South­ern Re­gional Waste Group shires com­bined pro­duce roughly 10,000 to 12,000 tonnes of rub­bish each year.

The group is look­ing at a plant that can process ap­prox­i­mately 10,000 tonnes of rub­bish per year, re­sult­ing in 5000 tonnes of bio-fuel and bio-char avail­able to sell to the mar­ket.

It is es­ti­mated to cost $9 mil­lion, and both State and Fed­eral govern­ment fund­ing is cru­cial in mak­ing the plant a re­al­ity.

The Ob­server un­der­stands that nega­tions be­tween Curtin Univer­sity and the Fed­eral Govern­ment are pro­gress­ing well.

The group hopes to se­cure $3 mil­lion dol­lars from Can­berra.

Mr Web­ster is set to meet the State Govern­ment soon, hop­ing to se­cure a fur­ther $3 mil­lion. While no fi­nan­cial com­mit­ments have been made by the group yet, they are ex­pect­ing to pay the re­main­ing $3 mil­lion.

Curtin de­clined to comment.

Pic­tures: Shire of Nar­ro­gin.

Members of the Great South­ern Re­gional Waste Group in­spect the tech­nol­ogy.

Curtin Univer­sity’s Pro­fes­sor Chun-Zhu Li ex­plains the tech­nol­ogy to the Great South­ern Re­gional Waste Group.

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