Wait-and-see on waste plan

The Rivers Regional Council (RRC) will guide the development of the facility.

‘The City of Canning is not financially involved in the project and is not committed to direct waste to the proposed facility, and any consideration to do so will be dependent upon a number of factors,’ Mr Reynolds said.

‘These factors include, but are not limited to, price per tonne, location of facility, type of technology proposed, waste acceptance criteria, contractual obligations.

‘The City of Canning, along with other non-members, has expressed an interest in having our waste tonnages listed as ‘discretionary’ or ‘optional’ with the view that a greater amount of waste will, via economies of scale, equate to a lower disposal cost per tonne.’

The RRC represents Gosnells, Armadale, Serpentine Jarrahdale, South Perth, Mandurah, Murray and Waroona councils.

Mr Reynolds said the council was aware its current landfill site had a limited lifespan.

‘The City of Canning directs its general waste (municipal landfill) to Shale Road in South Cardup,’ he said. ‘The facility is under the management of Westralia Landfill Services.

‘The City is not aware of the details of the ongoing viability of the site but we do believe it is planned to be in operation until 2016 at least.

‘The City is currently developing a strategic waste management plan. We will consider all waste management options, including the Rivers Regional Council (prposal).’

Canning pulled out of the South Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) in 2010, and does not use its Canning Vale facility.

Mr Reynolds said the council sent all recyclable material to Perth Waste.

‘Perth Waste is responsible for the transportation of the recycled material to their facility in Bunbury,’ he said.

‘The City understands that a new facility will open in Bibra Lake from August.

‘Insofar as the SMRC is concerned, the City ceased to be a member of that organisation as of June 30, 2010. No City waste is directed to the SMRC.

‘The City has no financial commitment/obligation to the SMRC.’