Tick for wood waste to energy plant

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

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.

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