EMRC to turn waste into en­ergy

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

THE East­ern Metropoli­tan Regional Coun­cil (EMRC) has signed a waste sup­ply agree­ment with Hi­tachi Zosen Inova, global lead­ers in turn­ing waste into en­ergy, for the East Rock­ing­ham Re­source Re­cov­ery Fa­cil­ity.

The move will mean more than 95,000 tonnes of resid­ual waste will be di­verted from land­fill at the Red Hill Waste Man­age­ment Fa­cil­ity and turned into a re­new­able en­ergy source as early as 2021.

The an­nounce­ment comes af­ter the sign­ing of the par­tic­i­pants agree­ment with the cities of Swan, Bel­mont, Kala­munda and Shire of Mun­dar­ing last week.

Un­der the terms of the agree­ment, the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­cils will sup­ply their waste to the fa­cil­ity on a ‘waste aris­ing ba­sis’ which means they will only pay for the ca­pac­ity they use and there will be no penalty for coun­cils who suc­cess­fully im­ple­ment land­fill waste re­duc­tion schemes.

EMRC chair­man David McDon­nell

said that re­duc­ing, reusing and re­cy­cling had al­ways been, and would con­tinue to be, the key strat­egy of waste man­age­ment at the EMRC.

“There will al­ways be some level of resid­ual waste re­main­ing so putting it to use as a re­new­able

en­ergy source, as an al­ter­na­tive to fos­sil fuel, makes eco­nomic as well as en­vi­ron­men­tal sense,” he said.

The East Rock­ing­ham fa­cil­ity is the first util­ity-scale mu­nic­i­pal solid waste-to-en­ergy fa­cil­ity in Aus­tralia.

New En­ergy Corp CEO Ja­son Pugh and Enzo Gul­loti with EMRC chair­man Cr David McDon­nell and CEO Peter Sch­nei­der.

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