Back in 1998, the seven Perth councils that comprise Australia’s Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) were fed up with the region’s waste management options. At that time, the SMRC was sending 87% of its domestic waste to landfill.
To deal with the problem, the SMRC began work on an advanced new waste management facility. The design called for a materials recovery plant for recycling and a processing plant for green waste, as well as an in-vessel composting plant.
This composting plant was to be the second largest of its kind in the world – an indication of the SMRC’s huge ambitions.