Australian Recycling Corporation has been operating the landfill at 500 Sunbury Road Bulla, since June 2020.  B.T.Q Group Pty Ltd (BTQ) were the site's previous operators.

The site has an EPA licence to accept:

  • solid inert waste, for example construction and demolition waste
  • shredded tyres
  • asbestos.

On 22 September 2020, EPA responded to a fire at the site. Our officers worked closely with Fire Rescue Victoria during the incident to limit impacts from smoke and firewater. We are now investigating the matter and will take enforcement action for breaches of the Environment Protection Act 1970.

On 28 October, we received reports of a smouldering hotspot in the waste at the site. Our officers attended in support of CFA firefighters. The site has a detailed hotspot management plan in place as one of the requirements of an EPA notice. The landfill operator successfully removed the hotspots without imapcts on neighbouring properties. We will conduct follow-up inspections of the hotspot area.

Background about Australian Recycling Corporation's site

EPA has been heavily regulating the site since 2016. We have issued remedial notices  to bring the site into compliance with its licence.  In June 2018, we suspended its licence because BTQ breached their licence conditions.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal overturned this decision, and reinstated the licence in May 2019.

EPA has issued the site with a clean up notice to control the site's management. Under the conditions of the clean up notice, EPA hasn't allowed the site to accept waste since June 2018.

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Reviewed 29 October 2020