Tenders open for EMRC waste and recycling facility

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EASTERN Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) has opened the tender process for a new household waste and recycling facility in the region.

The project gained environmental approval two years ago, but the EMRC put the facility on hold because local government reform was under way.

EMRC chairman Councillor David Fardig said the council was ready to move forward.

“The Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) is a crucial component of EMRC’s integrated plan for sustainable waste management in Perth’s Eastern Region,” Cr Fardig said.

In 2014, the council envisaged it would own and build the RRF at the existing Red Hill Waste Management Facility.

Gasification or anaerobic digestion technologies selected for the facility were to process municipal solid waste collected by member councils of the EMRC.

Member councils include Shires of Mundaring and Kalamunda, Cities of Swan, Belmont and Bayswater, and the Town of Bassendean.

Cr Fardig said during the delay period, alternative waste treatment matured and different contract models emerged.

“The EMRC has broadened the scope of the tender to accommodate these advances and ensure that all viable options for the development of this facility are considered through this tender process,” he said.

Additional contract models currently under consideration by EMRC include a waste services agreement, where a contractor would own and operate the facility, with EMRC one of a number of waste suppliers to the facility.

Cr Fardig said a waste services agreement model introduced different decision points, with the possibility for an alternative location and technology, a larger facility and more waste streams.

Tenders must be submitted to the EMRC no later than 2pm on Wednesday, January 18 2017.