City saves on waste bill

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

WASTE from Cock­burn will soon be used to pro­duce elec­tric­ity, steam and con­struc­tion ag­gre­gate af­ter the City of Cock­burn signed an En­ergy-from Waste (EfW) agree­ment with the HZI Con­sor­tium.

The agree­ment will have an es­ti­mated 27,000 tonnes of waste col­lected by the City of Cock­burn sent to the EfW re­source re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity in East Rock­ing­ham when it opens in 2022.

Cock­burn waste man­ager Lyall Davieson said not only was it a step to­wards re­mov­ing waste from land­fill, but it would also save costs for ratepay­ers.

“The con­tents of the yel­low top bin will be re­cy­cled, the green top bin will be mulched and now the red top bin will go to the pro­posed HZI Con­sor­tium EfW fa­cil­ity in the East Rock­ing­ham In­dus­trial Es­tate,” he said.

“Waste dis­posed at land­fill at­tracts an ever-in­creas­ing State Gov­ern­ment land­fill levy, which is cur­rently $70 per tonne, but this levy does not ap­ply to EfW.

“The State Gov­ern­ment has de­ter­mined that no fur­ther land­fills will be ap­proved on the Swan Coastal Plain.

“When ex­ist­ing land­fills reach ca­pac­ity, the City, along with many other met­ro­pol­i­tan lo­cal gov­ern­ments, will have to trans­port gen­eral waste to re­gional or in­land ru­ral ar­eas, a costly propo­si­tion that would also in­crease the City’s trans­port car­bon emis­sions.”

Mr Davieson said the agree­ment was for the City to sup­ply resid­ual waste to the fa­cil­ity on a waste aris­ing ba­sis, so it would only pay for the ca­pac­ity it used.

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