Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions site for the Resource Recovery Project.
Questions below have come from community meetings, forums and workshops to do with the Resource Recovery Project. This is a work in progress, and more questions will continue to be added over the coming months.
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Why do we need a resource recovery facility?GG at 16 Dec 2011, 11:12am
Perth’s growing population has seen waste volumes increase and every metropolitan regional council in Perth is either involved in or is planning a resource recovery facility for municipal waste because the alternative of transporting rubbish long distances to new landfills will be costly. A more sustainable solution is required.
Resource recovery facilities (RRFs) have considerable environmental advantages over landfilling. They minimise:
Resource recovery facilities are able to convert waste into resources, such as compost and/or energy.
Resource recovery facilities have screening processes so that potential recyclables and hazardous materials which would otherwise go to landfill can be separated before processing.
Resource recovery is also a priority for the state government and its waste strategy sets targets for all local councils to reduce household waste to landfill and increase resource recovery.
Research undertaken by EMRC indicate that there are a number of commercially proven RRF technologies available for the treatment of municipal waste. The use of RRFs is also becoming necessary in some parts of the world to meet strict environmental directives such as the European Union Landfill Directive.
How much waste is disposed of at Red Hill Waste Management Facility?EMRC at 19 Dec 2011, 03:12pm
In 2010/11, around 309,300 tonnes of waste was disposed of at Red Hill, including 126,000 tonnes of member council waste plus commercial waste and other wastes.
How much member council waste is projected to be disposed of at Red Hill in the future?
Based on recent estimates, the total amount of member council municipal waste is expected to increase to 185,000 tonnes per annum by the year 2034/35.
What has been done to consult with the local community about the proposed facility and its impacts on them?
Since 2004, EMRC has undertaken community engagement activities for the Resource Recovery Project. Community input through workshops, surveys, information sessions and reference group meetings has informed the decision process to date. Information on the project has also been made available to the public through EMRC newsletters and on EMRC’s website. This will continue throughout the project.
Further information is available at the Community Engagement page.
What is the estimated cost of this facility?
The final cost of the facility will not be known until tenders are called and evaluated in 2013.
The anticipated cost is in the range of $50 to $100 million depending on the technology and scale of operation. The expected cost to ratepayers is estimated at around $38 per household per year (again depending on the technology option). This takes into account the capital and operating costs over the life of the facility (20 years).
The cost to ratepayers is an incremental change until loans are repaid.