Waste to power Perth homes

Imagine turning regular household waste into enough electricity to power 36,000 homes every year, with 50 per cent of that electricity being renewable. That is just what the East Rockingham Waste to Energy project expects to achieve.

Waste-to-energy plants use household and commercial waste to generate steam and electricity. The Rockingham plant will feed electricity into the South West Interconnecting System.

Once complete, the plant will have the capacity to generate 29 MWe of electricity. It is expected to treat about 300,000 tonnes of waste every year, equivalent to stopping more than 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide – or the pollution from about 64,000 cars - from entering the atmosphere. It will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions when compared with the methane produces from landfill.

About two-thirds of the waste used will come from households across Perth suburbs, while Suez Australia will supply residual commercial waste.

ICN WA is working with the East Rockingham Acciona Joint Venture, to help source local suppliers for the project, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2022.

For more information on opportunities or to register for updates, go to the project Gateway page.

To learn about the project and how waste-to-energy works, go to the East Rockingham Waste to Energy project website.