Waste plant concerns raised
A PROPOSED waste to energy plant which southern Perth councils plan to send their waste to has poor environmental credentials, South Metropolitan MLC Lynn McLaren says.
If Phoenix Energy meets conditions to build the Kwinana plant, including State environmental approval, Rivers Regional Council will sign up on behalf of southern councils.
Ms McLaren’s submission says her constituents are worried that the proposal is for an energy-intensive, harmful model and recommends the EPA consider an alternative.
“The Phoenix proposal does not include preseparation of the handled waste, relying entirely on the householder to pre-sort at the kerbside,” it says.
“The proposal does not meet guidelines of processing waste that has already been reduced, reused or recycled.”
If approved, the City of South Perth, Gosnells, Armadale, Serpentine Jarrahdale, Canning, Murray and Mandurah councils would commit their green bin waste for incineration and energy creation, ending their dependence on landfill.
South Cardup landfill, used by councils will be full in less than two years, the Department of Environmental Regulation says.
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is considering the waste to energy plant proposal.
Phoenix’s Public Environmental Review states its reasons for not sorting the waste.
It says householders already separate their recyclables before putting the rest in the green bin.
It also mentions uncertainty over end-markets for any contaminated recyclables that could be recovered if the green bins were re-sorted.
It says the technology the facility will use does not require re-sorting of waste and in fact, the plant would use less power and be more reliable without re-sorting.
The review says that international best practice for facilities that use the technology Phoenix plans to use is not to presort materials upfront.
The South Cardup landfill.