Joint Media Release: New energy from waste facility for Western Australia

23 December 2019

The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction
The Hon Trevor Evans MP, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management

Western Australian families and businesses are set benefit from reliable power thanks to a new energy-from-waste plant in East Rockingham.

Through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Government has committed up to $75.5 million in funding to support a second large-scale energy from waste plant in Western Australia.

The $511 million plant located at East Rockingham, 40 km south of Perth, will divert waste from landfill and process around 300,000 tonnes of residual waste from non-recyclable materials and up to 30,000 tonnes of bio solids each year.

The CEFC is committing up to $57.5 million in project finance and ARENA is providing a grant of $18 million.

The facility’s 29 MW of renewable baseload electricity will be enough to power more than 36,000 Western Australian homes while supporting grid stability.

This announcement is a practical outcome of the Government’s focus on better waste management. We are making game-changing practical investments, including through our $167 million Australian Recycling Investment Plan, a 2019 National Waste Policy Action Plan that will reduce waste, increase recycling rates and build capacity in our domestic recycling industry and a ban on the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres, which will help to make sure that Australia takes care of its own waste.

Through ARENA and the CEFC, the Government has previously provided $113 million in funding for the Avertas Energy energy from waste plant located at Kwinana, south of Perth.

The Government’s recently announced $100 million Australian Recycling Investment Fund will continue support for projects that increase our recycling rates, turn our waste back into valuable products and encourage innovation so that resources are not lost to landfill.