We announced last year that the Cities of PAE and Charles Sturt are collaborating to build a new state-of-the-art Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Kilburn.
This means we can take control of the processing and disposal of recyclable material collected from across PAE. Plans for a landmark MRF have been lodged with the State Government’s development panel, and plans for the $12.8 million Kilburn plant show a major solar system will be installed on the warehouse’s roof to provide up to 100% of its power needs.
We also included a report by consultancy firm The Energy Project, that demonstrates that the solar power system could save both councils more than $60,000 a year and repay itself in five years.
The MRF will handle all of the recyclable waste collected within the two councils, and we will work with local businesses to turn the waste into usable products such as road surfaces and plastics.
In our submission to the State Commission Assessment Panel, we highlighted the fact that recycling management had so far been outsourced to the private sector and thus “locked out” councils from important information and decisions about waste.
This means that we have been unable to respond effectively to community concerns that have emerged in recent years, but this new facility will give us the opportunity to more actively and immediately engage with the ever growing need to effectively manage our waste.