Dardanup councillors to table landfill reduction item

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
The project is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 200,000 tonnes a year.
Camera IconThe project is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 200,000 tonnes a year. Credit: Daniel Newell

An agenda item to be tabled by the Dardanup Shire Council at the WA Local Government Authority annual meeting has reaffirmed its commitment to “lead the charge” to reduce waste going into landfill.

Councillors agreed to present a report encouraging the authority to “seek firm commitments” from the State Government about meeting its landfill reduction targets.

The report calls for industry incentives to drive development of localised reprocessing, recycling and waste-to-energy projects.

Shire president Mick Bennett said not taking action would mean waste continued to be transported to be disposed of in regions rather than being dealt with at the source.

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He said council had been a long-time supporter of exploring waste to energy options as an alternative to landfill.

“Waste to energy has the potential to divert substantial volumes of waste from landfill and produce a beneficial product,” he said.

The State Government’s waste strategy set a target of less than 15 per cent of Perth and Peel waste being sent to landfill by 2030.

Cr Bennett said the ambitious target meant it was important to put plans for alternatives in place.

“If we can start getting the Government to think about how to get that extra tonnage away from landfill then things can be put in place sooner,” he said.

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