ALMOST 500 Olympic size swimming pools of recyclable materials is expected to be processed at a $20 million mega recycling facility under construction in South Guildford.
Cleanaway General Manager for Western Australia David Williamson said the Super Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), had the potential to process the city’s entire waste and would significantly reduce the amount of waste Perth residents send to landfill.
Mr Williamson said the Super MRF would be the most advanced commingled recycling system in the country, with eight optical sorters in operation to separate materials such as plastics and cardboard.
He said typically a MRF operated with a maximum of three optical sorters.
“We’ve almost tripled that technology which means this MRF will have an unmatched capability never before seen in Australia,” he said.
“With Perth’s population set to reach 3 million by 2020, the city will soon be producing more waste than ever before.
“Decreasing the amount of waste sent to landfill is a top priority for Cleanaway.
“Once completed, it will slash the annual volume of waste that goes to landfill by up to 234,000 tonnes of recyclable material.”
Mr Williamson said the $20m investment would see existing antiquated MRF’s decommissioned and replaced once the new MRF is in operation.