Waste cen­tre may re­turn

North Coast Weekender - - News - Laura Pond

A FORMER Wangara waste re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity closed in 2014 could be re­opened.

Wan­neroo coun­cil­lors re­solved at the July meet­ing to in­vite ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est (EOI) for the fu­ture use of Wangara Re­cy­cling Cen­tre for waste man­age­ment pur­poses or al­ter­na­tives.

The Mo­ti­va­tion Drive cen­tre was com­mis­sioned by the cities of Wan­neroo, Joon­dalup and Swan in 2008 but closed af­ter a 2012 re­view found it would cost sev­eral mil­lion dol­lars to up­grade equip­ment for the cen­tre to re­main vi­able and it would be un­able to cater for pro­jected waste in­creases.

Wan­neroo has a three- year con­tract with Clean­away for its waste to be pro­cessed at the Perth Ma­te­rial Re­cov­ery Fa­cil­ity in South Guild­ford, which ex­pires in Novem­ber and has op­tions to ex­tend for two one-year pe­ri­ods.

An EOI sub­mit­ted in 2016 for the de­com­mis­sion of the fa­cil­ity dis­cussed keep­ing some of the plant and equip­ment to use as a trans­fer sta­tion, which could re­duce travel time for the City’s waste ser­vices fleet.

A City re­port pre­sented at the meet­ing said the site was one of two in the north­ern cor­ri­dor ear­marked for mu­nic­i­pal re­cy­cling, with the other small and fully utilised by com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions, and there was com­mer­cial in­ter­est in the fa­cil­ity.

It sug­gested the site could be leased af­ter de­com­mis­sion­ing as given its his­tory any fu­ture op­er­a­tions would likely be ap­proved and this would lower the City’s waste dis­posal trans­port costs.

“It is log­i­cal to as­sume that hav­ing ac­cess to a fa­cil­ity closer to a greater por­tion of in­dus­try’s busi­ness could be seen as ad­van­ta­geous to those op­er­a­tors and in so do­ing the City may be able to ben­e­fit as owner of that site. This will ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity in the medium to long term, with­out the need to bear any risks other than those of owner of this in­dus­trial land,” it said.

The City is seek­ing sub­mis­sions that will re­duce trav­el­ling time for its waste op­er­a­tions fleet, cope with fore­cast pop­u­la­tion growth and max­imise re­cy­cling with­out the City ac­cept­ing op­er­a­tions risk, such as a waste trans­fer sta­tion or com­mu­nity drop-off cen­tre.

It will con­sider all op­tions, with waste man­age­ment pur­poses pref­ered.

Cr Domenic Zappa said at the meet­ing it was fan­tas­tic the City sought to con­tinue the waste ser­vices as part of its plans for the land.

“The best and high­est use for our com­mu­nity is for it to re­main as a waste re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity,” he said.

He said there were no other suit­able lo­ca­tions and be­lieved it would “max­imise the ben­e­fits of this area”.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d472624

The Wangara Re­cy­cling Cen­tre.

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