Wangara Recycling Centre may be reopened

The Wangara Recycling Centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey    d472624
The Wangara Recycling Centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey d472624

A FORMER Wangara waste recycling facility closed in 2014 could be reopened.

Wanneroo councillors resolved at the July meeting to invite expressions of interest (EOI) for the future use of Wangara Recycling Centre for waste management purposes or alternatives.

The Motivation Drive centre was commissioned by the cities of Wanneroo, Joondalup and Swan in 2008 but closed after a 2012 review found it would cost several million dollars to upgrade equipment for the centre to remain viable and it would be unable to cater for projected waste increases.

Wanneroo has a three-year contract with Cleanaway for its waste to be processed at the Perth Material Recovery Facility in South Guildford, which expires in November and has options to extend for two one-year periods.

An EOI submitted in 2016 for the decommission of the facility discussed keeping some of the plant and equipment to use as a transfer station, which could reduce travel time for the City’s waste services fleet.

A City report presented at the meeting said the site was one of two in the northern corridor earmarked for municipal recycling, with the other small and fully utilised by commercial operations, and there was commercial interest in the facility.

It suggested the site could be leased after decommissioning as given its history any future operations would likely be approved and this would lower the City’s waste disposal transport costs.

“It is logical to assume that having access to a facility closer to a greater portion of industry’s business could be seen as advantageous to those operators and in so doing the City may be able to benefit as owner of that site. This will benefit the community in the medium to long term, without the need to bear any risks other than those of owner of this industrial land,” it said.

The City is seeking submissions that will reduce travelling time for its waste operations fleet, cope with forecast population growth and maximise recycling without the City accepting operations risk, such as a waste transfer station or community drop-off centre.

It will consider all options, with waste management purposes prefered.

Cr Domenic Zappa said at the meeting it was fantastic the City sought to continue the waste services as part of its plans for the land.

“The best and highest use for our community is for it to remain as a waste recovery facility,” he said.

He said there were no other suitable locations and believed it would “maximise the benefits of this area”.

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