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WA to lead waste management

A NEW research centre is set to make WA a national leader in sustainable development.

Murdoch Universi-ty’s Centre for Organic Waste Management will help develop WA’s organic waste management industry to nat-ional and international leadership standards.

The WA Government has allocated nearly $500,000 to the centre, being established under the Department of Commerce and Trade’s Centres for Excellence program, over the next three years.

It will also receive funding support from the Waste Levy Trust that collects up to $4.5 million a year from users of metropolitan landfill sites to support waste reduction and recycling.

Commerce and Trade Minister Hendy Cowan said WA currently produced up to 1.2 million tonnes of organic waste, yet disposal options were decreasing.

Mr Cowan said the centre would develop waste reduction, waste treatment, recycling and resource recovery technologies that would lead to new industrial activities.

“Organic waste represents the largest waste type, yet its high nutrient and organic matter content makes it valuable as a potential resource for agriculture or land management activities,” he said.

“Other sectors that could benefit include the chemical and processing industries.

“There is a large potential for waste management technology nationally and even internationally,” he said.

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