MOST of Perth’s municipal and commercial waste might soon be trucked to Premier Mark McGowan’s seat of Rockingham for waste-to-energy incineration.
A 20-year landmark deal was made on Wednesday night by the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council for all its residual waste — 120,000 tonnes a year — to be sent to the East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility from 2021.
The consortium behind Perth’s first waste-to-energy project is also in advanced negotiations for a similar deal with Mindarie Regional Council, which represents Perth’s northern councils. It is also negotiating with southern suburbs’ councils to take their waste.
When built, the facility will have the capacity to receive 300,000 tonnes a year.
Residual waste is household and commercial rubbish not able to be recycled, reused or composted. It goes to landfill but the consortium aims to convert it into base load renewable energy, producing 28MW at full capacity — enough to power 36,000 homes.