Here are some quick and simple facts about the MRC and Waste Management.
The Tamala Park landfill waste disposal facility operated by the MRC was jointly acquired in 1981 by the Cities of Perth, Stirling and Wanneroo. To date, some 4 million tonnes of waste have been received since operations began in February 1991.
The site comprises an area of 250 hectares. The Environmental Protection Authority has approved 22 hectares of the site for landfill, with each hectare being called a "cell".
The MRC developed 12 cells for landfill in its Stage 1 plan at Tamala Park. These cells have now been filled and closed, and an extensive revegetation program is underway.
More cells have been developed with the opening of Stage 2, to the north and west of Stage 1.
World's Best Practice standards indicate that one cubic metre of space should be able to contain landfill weighing one tonne. The high efficiency levels achieved at the Tamala Park operations are such that one cubic metre holds, on average, about 1.2 tonnes.
RESOURCE RECOVERY OPERATION
In July 2009 the MRC's waste management operations changed substantially with the introduction of resource recovery.
An $80 million Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) operated by BioVision 2020 under contract to the MRC, takes household waste and converts it into market quality compost.
Stage 1 of the facility accepts 100,000 tonnes of household waste each year, creating 40,000 tonnes of compost and diverting by 70%, the amount of waste going to landfill.