The General Manager of Moree Plains Shire Council says Council has been approached to trial a new domestic waste processing method.
David Aber says Council has received several offers to run a pyrolysis plant.
Pyrolysis is a process that can turn municipal waste into gas, oil, and biochar, using a burning technique.
Mr Aber says the process will reduce the waste going to landfill to just five per cent of current levels.
“It means that we don’t have to spend a lot of money, and our estimate is over $3-million, to extend the cell that we have out at the Waste Depot at the moment,” he said.
“We don’t have to do that because the cell will last us another 50 years if we [consider] this, so it has a significant potential saving to the Council.”
David Aber says Council will provide the site for the necessary facility, as well as the waste stream.
“We will now give the option to the companies that made an offer to come back to Council and enter into detailed discussions about constructing a plant,” he said.
“It would be at their own cost, but we’ll provide the site and the waste stream for that.”