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Further information can be found on the Wyndham landfill works approval application archive page.
Read the works approval (PDF 2MB) and the full assessment report (PDF 21MB – very large file).
The approved works include:
These new works are all contained within the current landfill site boundary (which covers an area of 212 hectares), and the landfill will continue to receive the same types of wastes as it currently receives.
EPA’s assessment of the works approval application determined that the proposed landfill expansion:
EPA consulted with stakeholders throughout the assessment process and received around 170 submissions about the works approval application. EPA also requested further information from WCC including design information. As a result, WCC made a number of revisions to the proposed landfills during the assessment period. These revisions included the following:
Should WCC wish to construct subsequent cells or a leachate pond at the landfill, the following steps must occur:
WCC has established a community reference group for the refuse disposal facility (the landfill). The aim is that the independently facilitated group will:
Documents from the community reference group, including minutes, will be uploaded to a dedicated page on WCC’s website.
Current and future statutory documents (such as licences) and any regulatory activities (such as Annual Performance Statements) relating to the Wyndham landfill will be made available on EPA’s website. If WCC applies for a licence amendment or a works approval in the future, EPA will publicise the applications and consult with stakeholders.
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A works approval is a statutory approval issued by EPA. It permits, subject to certain conditions, the construction of a plant (such as an industrial facility or a landfill), installation of equipment or modification of a process. A works approval is required for industrial and waste management activities that may result in any one of the following:
The types of waste being accepted at the landfill has not changed.
The landfill will continue to accept domestic and commercial waste, supermarket processing and food waste, garden waste, demolition material, concrete, bricks, timber, plastic, glass, metals, bitumen, trees, uncontaminated fill and shredded tyres.
The landfill is not licensed to accept contaminated soil, asbestos or other prescribed industrial wastes.
A works approval has been granted.
These new works are all contained within the current landfill site boundary (which covers an area of 212 ha), and the landfill will continue to receive the same types of wastes as it currently receives.
EPA technically assessed the works approval application over a 10-month period to decide whether to issue the works approval. We consulted the community and other stakeholders during the assessment.
EPA assessed the potential impact of the works against the requirements of the Environment Protection Act 1970 and one or more state environment protection policies or other policies and guidelines.
EPA assessed the following key issues as relevant to the Wyndham City Council works approval proposal:
EPA took and considered submissions from the community and the recommendations from a formal community conference held under section 20B provisions of the Environment Protection Act. EPA also considered the expert views of referral agencies such as:
Additionally, we sought peer review from the Independent Landfill Expert Advisory Panel and had the stormwater management plan externally reviewed.
The council requires both planning permit approval and an EPA works approval for the expansion of the landfill. EPA understands that the planning permit is already in place.
EPA consulted stakeholders throughout the assessment process and received around 170 submissions about the works approval application. Subsequently, we held an s20B conference on 14 March to gain a better understanding of the stakeholder and community concerns. The independent chair of the s20B conference produce a report with a number of recommendations that EPA must consider in its determination of the works approval application. The report is an appendix to the works approval application assessment report, which also (in section 2) details the key themes raised by submitters, and EPA’s response to them.
After releasing the s20B conference report, EPA also requested further information from the council, including information on the landfill design. As a result, the council made a number of positive revisions to the proposed works during the assessment period, including:
Section 2 of the WAA assessment report also details EPA’s response to the main concerns raised in the submissions.
A buffer distance around a site is there to protect neighbouring sites from dust or odour during non-routine operating conditions.
EPA’s Siting, design, operation and rehabilitation of landfills (publication 788) says buffer distances should be 500 m from buildings and structures of sensitive use. A 500 m landfill gas buffer should also be maintained to protect neighbouring sites from potential migration of landfill gas beneath the soil.
Additionally, an odour buffer has been established around the site to indicate the zone of medium risk. Wyndham City Council has proposed that an environmental significance overlay be applied to this area manage land use and development within this buffer zone. If adopted, this would help safeguard a suitably sized buffer zone around the landfill and reduce potential future land-use conflicts.
In general, non-hazardous waste landfills such as Wyndham have not been linked to health effects. However, some gases and compounds released from such landfills may be odorous and can affect the wellbeing of the local community.
Department of Health and Human Services does not object to the proposed landfill works on public health grounds, provided that the landfill meets relevant state environment protection policies and environmental guidelines.
The existing landfill must adhere to all EPA licence conditions and environmental policies that set out minimum design, operational and management requirements for landfills.
The site must comply with Siting, design, operation an rehabilitation of landfills (publication 788; the Landfill BPEM), which details what EPA considers best-practice measures for landfills. These requirements must be met during the design and construction of all landfill cells in Victoria.
The EPA licence holder must also prepare and implement an environmental monitoring program for the landfill that is verified by an environmental auditor, and prevent or remedy any offsite impacts.
Page last updated on 11 Oct 2017