Minister Announces New Means Of Waste Recycling

Minister Announces New Means Of Waste Recycling

Western Australia Minister for Environment Bill Marmion

Waste Disposal Gets $10 Million Boost

Victor P Taffa

Environment Minister Bill Marmion today announced $10 Million in new State Government funding for the Waste Authority’s Household Hazardous Waste Program, which supports the collection and disposal of hazardous materials in Perth.

Speaking at the Jim McGeough Resource Recovery Facility in Shenton Park, Mr. Marmion said the new funds, to be delivered over four years, would ensure Western Australia remained at the forefront of household hazardous waste management in Australia.

“Hazardous wastes, including pesticides and other poisons, pool chemicals, batteries and paints, can pose a threat to health and the environment or could contaminate ‘clean’ waste streams if not disposed of correctly.” Mr. Marmion said.

“Between June 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010, the Government allocated more than $5.3 Million to Local Governments under the current program which is coming to a close, with more than 487 tonnes of household hazardous waste diverted from landfill.”

“The $10 Million boost will allow a new version of the program to be implemented from July this year by the Western Australian Local Government Association on behalf of the Waste Authority.” Mr. Marmion said.

The Minister also turned the first soil at the site to begin construction on a new waste facility that will use WA-developed technology to recycle up to 85 % of household waste from Perth’s Western Suburbs.

Mr. Marmion said the DiCOM system would remove recyclables, including metal, glass and plastic, before converting the organic leftovers into compost and biogas.

“The process produces agricultural grade compost and biogas, which is converted into green energy, used to power the facility.  Excess is sold back to the grid.” Mr. Marmion said.

“The new facility is a world first and it is the only available design that can be retrofitted at an existing waste transfer station, cutting out extra transport costs because waste can be processed on site.” Mr. Marmion said.

“West Australians are currently recycling more than 1.83 million tonnes each year and hopefully this will increase with the help of new technology and facilities like this.”

“Once operational, the Plant will process about 55,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste each year, with 33,000 tonnes of that coming from West Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC) member councils and the rest from other Metropolitan Sources.” Mr. Marmion said.

The facility is being run by the WMRC.