Licences and approvals

Panmure composting facility works approval


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Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria accepted a works approval application from Statewide Recycling Services Pty Ltd on 24 May 2017. The proposal is to upgrade the existing composting facility at 729 Warrumyea Road, Panmure, Victoria 3265. This will involve the replacement of the existing open windrow composting with in-vessel forced aeration technology.

You can see the application and accompanying reports below.

Process to date

The works approval application was advertised in the Herald Sun and the Warrnambool Standard on Wednesday 7 June 2017. The application was open for public comment until 28 June 2017. The application was also referred to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and Moyne Shire Council. Moyne Shire Council’s response can be found here.

An open house information session was held between 12pm and 2pm on Tuesday 20 June 2017 at Panmure Hotel, 8809 Princes Hwy, Panmure VIC 3265. During this time residents, the Council, the applicant and EPA were in attendance.

Explanation of technical terms

Open-windrow composting is the production of compost by piling organic matter such as green wastes, animal manure and food waste in long rows in the open.

In-vessel composting involves placing organic composting materials in a concrete bunker with a cover or in a building in which air and temperature are controlled. Buried tubes inject fresh air and the exhaust passes through a biofilter. Temperature and moisture are monitored using probes in the mass to maintain optimum aerobic decomposition conditions.

Submissions

To date, EPA has received five submissions from the public. Issues raised related to the existing operation were odour and noise emissions, impact on the groundwater and surface water and waste streams handled. In addition to these existing issues, the submissions also required EPA to consider:

  • the possible contaminants in the proposed waste streams to be processed
  • leachate pond capacity and integrity
  • meeting composting pasteurisation process
  • noise emissions from the proposed operation
  • ongoing operational management, including record keeping, performance review process, monitoring and community engagement, etc.

Section 22 Notice – request for additional information

After reviewing the submissions, EPA has identified a number of specific environmental issues and has subsequently issued a notice to the applicant (under section 22 of the Environment Protection Act 1970) on 18th July 2017. The notice is to request the applicant to address issues raised by the public. The applicant is required to provide this information by the 27th July 2017. The section 22 notice can be viewed here.

Once this information is received, the public and stakeholders who provided written submissions in the initial consultation period will be provided an additional opportunity to make further comments.

If the applicant is unable to meet this requirement to the satisfaction of EPA by the specified date, the application will be on hold until the requested information is provided.

Further information

If you wish to speak to someone about the works approval application, please contact EPA’s Development Assessment Unit by calling 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or emailing your enquiry to: works.approvals@epa.vic.gov.au.

Supporting documentation

Works approval application

Page last updated on 27 Jul 2017