Electricity from a load of rubbish

South Metropolitan Region MLC Phil Edman is excited that household rubbish could soon be used to generate electricity in Kwinana.
South Metropolitan Region MLC Phil Edman is excited that household rubbish could soon be used to generate electricity in Kwinana.

YOUR household rubbish could soon be able to power 14 per cent of your home, according to South Metropolitan Region MLC Phil Edman.

He said the new Kwinana Waste to Energy Plant would generate environmentally friendly power from household rubbish.

“The rubbish we put out in our bins every week can generate 14 per cent of the electricity an average household uses,” he said.

The Martin Grate technology captures the steam created in the incineration process, generating 24/7 baseload energy from everyday rubbish that would otherwise be put into landfill.

“Wind turbines and wave energy cause fluctuations in the grid but waste to energy generates a dependable, continuous, flow of electricity,” Mr Edman said.

Up to 60 000 homes will be powered by the Kwinana Waste to Energy Plant. Construction of the plant is due to start at the end of the year.

The Kwinana plant will have a nett saving of approximately 580,000t/year CO2eq, the equivalent of taking 250,000 cars off the road, in comparison to coal-derived power.

The Phoenix Energy plant has been contracted by the City of Kwinana, Rivers Regional Council and the City of Mandurah to take their household rubbish and convert it to useable energy.