In April 2019, we began a project to clean up an estimated 340,000 m3 of waste stockpiled at 300-400 Broderick Road in Lara. The site's previous operator had let the amount of waste grow to dangerous levels.

The previous operator, C&D Recycling managed the site poorly. This resulted in an unacceptable risk to the local community, environment and emergency services in the event of a fire.

C&D Recycling and the site’s owner went into liquidation in early 2019. Soon after, we stepped in and used our legal powers to enter the site and begin a cleanup project to reduce the risk to the community.

The waste that has built up onsite will be cleaned up and recycled or disposed of in an appropriate way. Infrastructure, such as the office building and sheds will be maintained and left onsite.

We’re working with the City of Greater Geelong, the Country Fire Authority and Victoria Police to maintain fire prevention measures to minimise the risk of a fire while we clean up the site.

We are cleaning up the site in three stages:

  • Stage one - processing and removing about 44,000 m3 of timber.
  • Stage two - removing about 9,000 m3 of contaminated soil.
  • Stage three - removing about 290,000 m3 of mixed construction and demolition waste, spread across four main stockpiles.

Stages one and two are now complete. Contractors removed more than 50,000 m3 of material from the site between September 2019 and April 2020.

We started stage three in June 2020. A contractor has removed the two smaller pre-processed stockpiles of about 30,000 m3 and around 20,000 m3 of materials from one of the two larger stockpiles onsite. This includes:

  • rock
  • brick
  • concrete
  • soil. 

Contractors will recycle some of the material, and they have transported the rest offsite to landfills licensed to accept the material.

From September 2020, the contractor will begin to process and remove the remainder of the two larger stockpiles onsite. The stockpiles contain more than 200,000 m3 of mixed construction and demolition waste. These works may take until mid-2022 to complete.

We have community updates about the cleanup:

Contact us about Broderick Road

For more information about what’s happening at Broderick Road:

More about the Broderick Road cleanup

EPA’s role in the Broderick Road cleanup

How we’re monitoring the environment at Broderick Road

Reviewed 14 September 2020