THE Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) has signed a waste supply agreement with global leaders in turning waste into energy – Hitachi Zosen Inova – for the East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility.
The move will mean more than 95,000 tonnes of residual waste will be diverted from landfill at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility and turned into a renewable energy source as early as 2021.
The announcement comes after the signing of the participants agreement with the cities of Swan, Belmont, Kalamunda and Shire of Mundaring last week.
City of Bayswater and Town of Bassendean pulled out of the agreement earlier this year, citing the terms and length of the contract did not meet their satisfaction.
Under the terms of the agreement, the participating councils will supply their waste to the facility on a ‘waste arising basis’ which means they will only pay for the capacity they use and there will be no penalty for councils who successfully implement landfill waste reduction schemes.
EMRC chairman David McDonnell said that reducing, re-using and recycling had always been, and would continue to be, the key strategy of waste management at the EMRC.
“There will always be some level of residual waste remaining to putting it to use as a renewable energy source, as an alternative to fossil fuel, makes economic as well as environmental sense,” he said.
The East Rockingham facility is the first utility scale municipal solid waste to energy facility in Australia.