City of Cockburn signs energy-from-waste agreement

City of Cockburn CEO Stephen Cain, New Energy Corporation CEO Jason Pugh and City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett sign the Energy from Waste agreement.
City of Cockburn CEO Stephen Cain, New Energy Corporation CEO Jason Pugh and City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett sign the Energy from Waste agreement.

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 provide a cost saving to 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 uses.

Construction of the facility is expected to begin next year.