East Freo to Convert Waste to Energy Under New Deal

Published on Friday, 29 January 2021 at 12:52:00 PM

The Town has taken strong action towards securing its sustainable future through a new deal that will see waste converted to energy.

The new arrangement was approved at a special meeting of Council last night and will ensure that regular waste collected through the Town’s red-lidded bins will be sent to the Avertas facility in Kwinana, instead of ending up in landfill.

The Town has made the agreement with the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC), joining with fellow members, the Cities of Melville and Fremantle, which is expected to generate substantial savings over the 20 years of the agreement.

Mayor of the Town of East Fremantle, Jim O’Neill, welcomed the announcement, advising that the Town took seriously its commitment to sustainability, reducing waste and saving and generating energy where possible, and this decision would generate immediate benefits for the Town that would be compounded in the future.

He said the deal with provide the Town with an opportunity to enter into a power-purchasing agreement replacing fossil fuel-generated energy with sources derived locally from waste.

“This is another great example of like-minded Councils working together”, Mayor O’Neill said “as by partnering with our neighbours we have secured a great result in terms of pricing and return yield for our waste, and the savings we generate through this agreement will mean that those funds can be invested in services our residents need.”

Mayor O’Neill explained that the Town’s strong commitment to sustainability is evidenced by its decision to be the first metropolitan Perth Council to transition to the FOGO three-bin waste system, as well as through new water-sensitive policies in many areas which have led to the Council receiving a WaterWise accreditation from the Water Corporation in 2020, which is expected to reach Gold standard this year.

The Town also declared a climate emergency in November 2019, and since then has convened a Climate Action Reference Group drawn from local residents who are now guiding Council on practical steps it can take to reduce the Town’s climate footprint.

Background information can be viewed by accessing the Town’s minutes of the Special Council Meeting held on Wednesday 27 January 2021 at this link.

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