Tick for wood waste to energy plant
BELMONT THE Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has given conditional approval for the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council’s proposed Hazelmere Resource Recovery Park wood waste to energy (WWTE) plant.
Uncontaminated wood waste will be converted into electricity under the proposal.
The plant will be fuelled by about 13,000 tonnes of clean, shredded wood from timber off- cuts, shipping pallets, crates and cable reels each year – enough to supply up to 3.5 megawatts of electricity to the grid.
EPA chairman Paul Vogel said the recommendation for strict conditional approval followed exhaustive and thorough examination, including scientific peer and technical reviews, with a key focus on management of air quality and emissions.
The Hazelmere Resource Re- covery Park already recycles untreated timber and processes mattresses, has been operating since 2008 and forms part of EMRC’s integrated plan for sustainable waste management in Perth’s Eastern Region.
The proposed vision includes a commercial and industrial wastesorting facility, a materials recovery facility to sort recyclables, a public refuse transfer station, education centre and reuse store.
EMRC chairman Alan Pilgrim said he looked forward to the Environment Minister’s approval to implement the proposal.
“EMRC’s vision for the current Hazelmere site is to progressively convert it into a hub of resource recovery activities,” he said.
“The resource recovery park will divert significant portions of untreated wood waste from landfill and process it into reusable products.