AUSTRALIA’s first thermal Waste-to-Energy facility has been given the green light to be constructed in Kwinana, with the project reaching financial close on October 18.
The facility has been co-developed by Macquarie Capital and Phoenix Energy Australia.
Construction will start in the Kwinana Industrial Area this month and is scheduled to open by the end of 2021.
Mayor Carol Adams said the City of Kwinana was proud to lead the way and be the first local government to sign a waste-to-energy supply agreement in Australia back in 2013.
She said it was a major catalyst for the project which paved the way for other local governments in WA to look at the technology which has been widely embraced through the rest of the developed world.
“After years of planning, the City is absolutely delighted to confirm Australia’s first thermal Waste-to-Energy facility will be built in Kwinana,” she said.
“It will provide huge benefits to our community by enhancing the prominence of the Kwinana Industrial Area as the premier place to invest in WA.
“There will be significant flow on effects expected for our local economy with the construction phase of the project alone creating more than 800 jobs.
“The facility will also realise a number of environmental benefits with the facility estimated to reduce the amount of waste going into landfill and the amount of carbon emissions being release into the atmosphere.”
The facility will divert almost a quarter of Perth’s post-recycling rubbish, with 400,000 tonnes of household, commercial, and industrial waste being prevented from going to landfill every year and a reduction of 400,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
“There is increasing pressure from communities on Councils to address the issue of reduced landfill capacity, and to look at long-term solutions for waste management,” Cr Adams said.
“The Waste-to-Energy Plant does exactly that, using residents’ everyday household waste, recovering and recycling metals and then converting the waste to generate energy.
“The remaining ash residue will also be used as construction material.”
The project has received support from the Western Australian Government, including the provision of the land for the facility through a long-term lease from Landcorp. The necessary environmental and development approvals has also been received allowing for construction to start.
National Toxics Network Zero Waste coordinator Jane Bremmer said the Kwinana community already carried the burden of WA’s industrial pollution.
“The increased air pollution that this project will bring to the surrounding community will cost the WA government dearly in increased health and environmental costs,” she said.
Ms Bremmer called for a zero waste policy, in recognition of the contribution waste management and materials production systems had on climate change.