Located in the southwest corner of Australia, Perth is the capital city of Western Australia, the country's largest state. Despite its population of some 1.5 million, Perth is one of the world's most isolated cities. That isolation, however, has not stopped Perth from moving to the forefront of waste processing and resource recovery through a systematic roll-out of waste processing infrastructure. The Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) established Perth's first regional resource recovery facility with construction of an in-vessel system that has been operational since 2005. The Western Metropolitan Regional Council has an agreement for installation of a small-scale plant that once proven will be upsized to a 55,000 mty commercial scale plant. The SMRC waste processing facility diverts the household garbage of more than 350,000 residents from the landfill. The process is independently audited under the stringent rules of the Australian Greenhouse Office's Greenhouse Friendly verification program.