SOUTH Guildford has today become home to a $20 million high-tech recycling facility.
Cleanaway’s new materials recovery facility has the capacity to process all of Perth’s household recyclable waste.
Up to 250,000 tonnes of recyclable material, enough to fill almost 470 Olympic-size swimming pools could be handled by the new MRF each year.
Cleanaway said the facility was the most advanced commingled recovery system in the country, with optical sorting technology capable of separating recyclable materials including plastics, metals, paper and cardboard.
It said the new plant would deliver some of the highest diversion rates in Australia – 97 per cent, in comparison to average recovery rates of less than 85 per cent.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Reece Whitby yesterday joined Cleanaway managing director Vik Bansal for the official opening.
“This multi-million-dollar facility… will take recycling in WA to a whole new level of quality and purity,” he said.
“It is a significant investment for Cleanaway in line with our Footprint 2025 plan, and a demonstration of our firm commitment to creating a sustainable future for Australia.”
Cleanaway WA general manager David Williamson said the high-tech facility had an unmatched capability designed to address Perth’s recycling needs for the next decade and beyond.
“With the city’s population set to reach three million by 2020, Perth households and businesses will be producing more waste than ever before,” he said.
“Increasing the state’s capacity for resource recovery is a top priority for Cleanaway.
“Our new MRF will be the first facility capable of recycling household and business waste. We are opening the door to small and large scale commercial customers and making recycling easier in the workplace, giving businesses the ability to recycle in the same way as households.”
Almost 20 years ago, Cleanaway introduced the first MRF to WA.
These older MRFs have now been decommissioned and replaced by the new MRF in the city’s north east.
“This significant investment by industry recognises the value of resources that are lost when recycling is not maximised,” Mr Whitby said.
“It’s great to see the private sector playing an active role by complementing the actions taken by the WA Government and local governments to promote improved recycling, such as the Better Bins kerbside recycling program.”