Recycle tender out soon

Rivers Regional Council (RRC) represents Gosnells, Armadale, Serpentine Jarrahdale, South Perth, Mandurah, Murray and Waroona councils.

Chairman Ron Hoffman told Comment News the Cardup landfill site Gosnells council uses will fill within three years.

The RRC had spent years preparing to build an alternative waste treatment facility, in line with other regional councils. He said Mindarie had its own facility, South has Canning Vale’s Regional Resource Recovery Centre, Western was building a facility and Eastern had prepared a tender. Use of recycling, composting and waste-to-energy technologies between centres varied greatly.

At its last meeting, the RRC decided to finalise the tender, which Mr Hoffman hoped would be out by July 20.

It will be open for two to three months and awarded by the end of this year.

Mr Hoffman said the City of Canning was still considering whether to channel its waste through the new facility.

Canning pulled out of the South regional council in 2010, and does not use the Canning Vale facility.

Mr Hoffman said the tender would not be affected by any council amalgamations because of the Robson Review of local government, which made many recommendations on waste treatment.

Mr Hoffman is chairman of the Forum of Regional Councils, which recommended to Local Government Minister Tony Simpson he reduce Perth regional councils from five to three as part of amalgamations.

‘I also recommended that all local governments be part of a regional council, with no opt-out provision,’ he said.