Waste to energy plant for Kwinana

Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone and city chief executive Mark Newman sign off on the agreement watched by Rivers Regional Council chief executive Alex Sheridan.
Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone and city chief executive Mark Newman sign off on the agreement watched by Rivers Regional Council chief executive Alex Sheridan.

MANDURAH and Murray councils are two of eight local government authorities planning to end the practice of sending up to 250,000 tonnes of landfill every year after signing off on building a $400 million waste to energy plant at Kwinana.

Rivers Regional Council, which represented the eight councils, last week awarded a contract to build the country’s first waste incineration plant in Kwinana’s industrial area. The councils have agreed to send 100 per cent of green bin waste to the plant.

City chief executive Mark Newman said the council continually tried to minimise its impact on the environment through sustainable best practices.

He said the Mandurah Waste Management Centre received 44,659 tonnes of general waste in 2014-15.

“By combining the resources of the Rivers Regional Council member councils (Mandurah, Gosnells, Armadale, Murray, Serpentine Jarrahdale, South Perth and Canning), the market has responded with the waste to energy proposal by Phoenix Energy,” he said.

“This will see municipal waste, in the order of 230,000 tonnes per annum from these member councils, converted to electrical energy.”

The Phoenix Energy Plant is expected to be operational by 2018.

Mr Newman said the City expected to transport about 50,000 tonnes of waste from the City of Mandurah.

“The strategic outcomes will deliver considerable environmental benefit,” he said.