This information is for local councils who want to conduct closed landfill environmental risk self-assessments in their municipalities. 

How do I complete a closed landfill self-assessment?

  • Step 1: Download the tool

    The closed landfill self-assessment tool (publication 1671) is available to download and print out from the EPA website.
  • Step 2: Complete the assessment

    Fill in each section of the tool as you complete the assessment: 

    • Section 1: Location attributes 
    • Section 2: Management attributes 
    • Section 3: Monitoring 
    • Section 4: Gas, groundwater and surface water risks 
    • Section 5: Off-site issues and management 
    • Section 6: Cells, rehabilitation and monitoring 

    It is strongly suggested that you take photos throughout each assessment. These will be useful during further assessments and help EPA to provide advice. 

    Enter the scores from sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 (section 5 does not have a score) onto the 'Overall site risks' page. Add the scores to get the site's overall assessment score. This overall assessment score can be copied onto page 2 of the tool. 

    Complete the questions about site management and waste acceptance. 

    Enter any additional comments if necessary. 

  • Step 3: Identify the level of risk

    When you've finished the risk assessment, the site will receive an overall assessment score. Use this to identify the level of risk: 

    A score of 37 or more: 

    Based on assessment, potentially low risk. Consider when future re-assessment should be undertaken. 

    A score of 31 to 36: 

    Contact your local EPA office to discuss the future management of the site for the risks identified. 

    A score of 30 or less: 

    Contact your local EPA office, as an EPA Site Inspection may be recommended. 

  • Step 4: Perform risk mitigation activities

    The risk mitigation activities required will vary for each site. 

    If an assessment rates a closed landfill in your municipality as medium to high risk, contact us. EPA can help to verify the level of risk. We can also support local councils to plan management strategies for medium to high risk sites. 

    There is no obligation to report the results from this tool to EPA. However, providing the data will help us support you with addressing any issues identified during a risk assessment. 

  • Need further help?

    You can contact your regional waste and resource recovery group (WRRG) or your local EPA officer/representative if you need help with a landfill assessment or risk mitigation activities.  

    Call EPA on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or email your local EPA office

Q&A on using the closed landfill self-assessment tool

Read next

Landfill pollution guidance – overview

Local council self-assessment tool 

Local council self-assessment tool: background

This page was copied from EPA’s old website. It was last updated on 7 February 2018. 

Reviewed 21 August 2020