By Claire Ottaviano
RECYCLING returned to South Guildford last Friday with the reopening of the Cleanaway Perth Materials Recovery Facility.
The $26 million redevelopment replaced a facility that burnt down in a catastrophic fire in November 2019.
“Our local workforce has a great sense of pride about the facility,” Cleanaway WA General Manager Brad Gornall said.
“The fire was devastating and while our first priority was the safety of our team, we have worked tirelessly to restore Perth’s recyclables processing market capacity to the pre-fire level.
“We have officially reinstated the capacity for local governments throughout metropolitan and regional areas along with other customers to manage the recycling and recovery for households and commercial operators.”
About 80 per cent of material was redirected to the South Metropolitan Regional Council after the fire with the remainder going to Cleanaway’s Welshpool facility.
The Welshpool facility (a transfer station) was retrofitted with a sorting line and will be maintained in case it is needed in the future.
The South Guildford Materials Recovery Facility is now serving 22 local government areas, processing 200,000 tonnes yearly.
After the fire, the City of Swan Council recommended an application to rebuild the facility be refused, but it was approved by an independent panel.
Mr Gornall said Cleanaway worked with an externally appointed independent fire engineer, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation on the rebuild.
The community was engaged during the process through a community reference group made up of residents from the local community, City of Swan, the local member and an independent facilitator.