Investment in regional WA to convert waste into energy

The Australian Government is supporting a project to turn local landfill waste into energy at Collie Shire in WA.

Renergi Pty Ltd will construct and operate a new waste-to-energy demonstration plant in the area.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), is investing $3.9 million in the $9.4 million project. Around 34 local jobs will be created. The plant will process 1.5 tonnes of organic waste each hour.

The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, said, ‘This innovative project will save around 4,000 tonnes of solid waste from going into council landfill each year, an issue faced by local councils across Australia.’.

‘Around 8,000 tonnes of forestry and agricultural waste each year will be used to produce bio-fuels for local industry and create bio-char that farmers can use to condition their soil.

‘This project will allow regional Australia to play a role in advancing bioenergy technologies while helping to reduce emissions through re-purposing waste.’

The plant is expected to be operational within two years. For more information, see Minister Taylor’s media release and the ARENA website.