Waste plant con­cerns raised

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth - Emma Young

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.

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