Dardanup Waste Precinct

A number of waste facilities are located in close proximity in the Dardanup area. DWER has received a number of complaints from the community in relation to odour and dust emissions and the method of operation of some premises within the Precinct.

Background

A number of waste facilities are located in close proximity in the Dardanup area and include the following sites currently licensed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act). Details of the premises within the ‘Dardanup Waste Precinct’ (the Precinct) are as follows:

Current Licence Occupier Premises Activities Approved capacity (tonnes per annual period)
L8904/2015/1 Cleanaway Solid Waste Pty Ltd Banksia Road Landfill

Category 61: Liquid waste facility

Category 64: Class II or III putrescible landfill

353,000

 

350,000

L8888/2015/1 Shire of Dardanup Shire of Dardanup Transfer Station

Category 62: Solid Waste Depot

5,000

L7089/1997/11 Fitonia Pty Ltd TJ Depiazzi & Sons - Composting facility

Category 67A: Compost manufacturing and soil blending

Category 70: Screening etc of material

120,000

 

 

30,000

L8746/2013/1 Bunbury Harvey Regional Council Wellington group of Councils Compost Facility Category 67A: Compost manufacturing and soil blending 20,000

DWER has received a number of complaints from the community in relation to odour and dust emissions and the method of operation of some premises within the Precinct.

Updates on key activities relating to premises within the Precinct are detailed below.

Banksia Road Landfill

Licensing matters

In December 2018, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) received a works approval application W6212/2019/1 from Cleanaway Solid Waste Pty Ltd (Cleanaway) to construct a lithium tailings storage cell at its landfill facility at Lot 2 on Plan 65861 Banksia Road Crooked Brook (Banksia Road Landfill). 

On 7 November 2019, Cleanaway advised DWER that it wished to withdraw its works approval application for the lithium tailings storage cell. As a result, the application has been marked as withdrawn in DWER’s records and no further assessment is required.

On 10 September 2019, DWER received an application from Cleanaway to increase the volume of solid waste accepted for landfilling from 303,000 tonnes to 350,000 tonnes per year. Approval for the increase in waste was granted by DWER through a licence amendment on 17 December 2019. This amendment also amalgamated all previous amendments into a consolidated licence. Nine appeals were lodged with the Minister for Environment against the amendment. The Minister dismissed the appeals on 15 June 2020, but noted that DWER should expedite the further investigations needed to demonstrate compliance for noise emissions from the site.

On 27 March 2020 Cleanaway submitted a compliance document and a construction quality assurance validation report for the completion of construction works related to Cell 7 of the landfill to DWER. On the same day, Cleanaway also submitted an application to amend licence L8904/2015/1 to allow waste disposal in Cell 7 to commence. Approval for waste disposal to commence in Cell 7 was granted by DWER through a licence amendment on 4 June 2020. One appeal was lodged with the Minister for Environment against the amendment and is now being investigated by the Appeals Convenor.

On 4 August 2020, Cleanaway submitted an application for a licence amendment, requesting to increase the volume of solid waste accepted for landfilling from 350,000 tonnes to 390,000 tonnes per year. The application was advertised on the department’s website on 9 September 2020 and 22 submissions, opposing the application, were received. Cleanaway withdrew the application on 11 November 2020.

On 3 December 2020, DWER initiated a review of Licence L8904/2015/1 which will consist of a comprehensive assessment of all activities undertaken on the premises to consider their acceptability, and to update regulatory controls on the licence if deemed appropriate.

DWER has written to all direct interest stakeholders inviting them to provide comment/input into the licence review. DWER also met with local community members on 27 January 2021 to provide information to local residents about the review and to hear from local residents on their experiences and concerns about the premises.

In addition to seeking input from the local community, DWER has sought input from the licence holder and all relevant stakeholders and is currently progressing the licence review and risk assessment. DWER is aiming to deliver a draft decision report and licence to Cleanaway in the coming months.

On 19 March 2021, Cleanaway submitted an application for a licence amendment for the construction and operation of a revised southern boundary stormwater drain to improve stormwater drainage from the premises. The application was advertised on the DWER’s website on 8 April 2021 and direct interest stakeholders were advised of the application via letter. A total of eight submissions were received. On 28 May 2021 an amended licence was granted.

On 7 April 2021, Cleanaway submitted an application for a works approval for the construction of additional Cells 12A, 9 and 10. This proposal was also referred to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) by Cleanaway. On 19 April 2021 DWER wrote to Cleanaway advising that the works approval application would be put on hold until the EPA has made a determination on the referral. This application will be advertised and stakeholder submissions sought once an EPA determination has been made.

Bunbury Harvey Regional Council Composting Facility

Following investigations into increased odour related complaints from the Dardanup area and the findings from DWER inspections of premises in the Precinct, the Department has completed a risk-based review of licence L8746/2013/1 granted to the Bunbury Harvey Regional Council (BHRC) for its composting facility at Lot 1 on Diagram 65861, Lot 1 Banksia Rd. The licence review focused on current operations, impacts and controls in relation to odour. On 23 October 2020, DWER issued an amended licence L8746/2013/1 to impose tighter controls on the composting process to mitigate odour emissions from the premises. These controls include further defined waste acceptance limits, storage and processing timeframes, the addition of green waste as a biofilter and the application of a microbial odour treatment solution to windrows.

On 24 April 2020, DWER granted works approval W6223/2019/1 to the Bunbury Harvey Regional Council for the construction of a new enclosed composting facility at Stanley Road, Wellesley. Once constructed, DWER understands that BHRC will relocate its composting operations to the new facility.

DWER conducted a compliance inspection at the premises in February 2021 following an increasing number of odour complaints. Inspectors issued two environmental field reports in relation to two minor breaches of licence conditions.

Dardanup Wastewater Treatment Plant

On 9 October 2020, DWER received an application for a Category 54 (Sewage facility) licence from Water Corporation, who have been operating the Dardanup Wastewater Treatment Plant since 1996. The plant has previously been registered under the EP Act and Water Corporation has now applied to licence the premises. The application is currently being assessed by DWER.

Compliance matters

DWER officers have visited the precinct 15 times since August 2019. During these visits, compliance inspections of the waste facilities within the precinct were undertaken and/or officers have met with members of the community in relation to concerns they had raised or as part of ongoing investigations into these facilities.

Between 19 March and 20 April 2020 DWER installed a dust monitor at a nearby residential property. Th monitor did not indicate any incidences of dust crossing the site boundary.

Following inspections at the Cleanaway Banksia Road Landfill in August 2019, an investigation was conducted into waste storage and management practices at the facility. As a result of this investigation, DWER commenced a prosecution against Cleanaway in August 2020 alleging two licence breaches relating to the incorrect storage of drill muds and incorrect use of shredder floc as cover material.

On 2 November 2020, Cleanaway pleaded guilty to both offences in the Bunbury Magistrates Court and was fined $11,000 and $14,000 respectively.

On 15 October 2020, DWER issued a Prevention Notice to Cleanaway in relation to the storage of power poles on the premises. The Notice was issued as DWER considered that pollution was likely to arise from the power pole waste which had been accepted, stored and processed on the premises in an uncontained location. The notice required Cleanaway to:

  • Cease receival of Class IV power pole waste
  • Remove the stockpiled power pole waste
  • Undertake soil and surface water sampling.

On 15 October 2020, DWER officers installed noise monitors at two nearby properties following complaints of excessive noise from the premises. The data collected from the noise monitors has been analysed by DWER and noise levels have been determined to be below the levels governed by the Noise Regulations.

On 30 May 2021, Cleanaway were deemed to have complied with the requirements of the Prevention Notice issued to them on 15 October 2020 and the Prevention Notice ceased to have effect.

Investigations are ongoing as a result of compliance inspections.

Other Matters

The Shire of Dardanup (the shire) has advised DWER that it intends to include the precinct as a Special Use Zone in its upcoming Local Planning Scheme No. 9. Consultation with landowners, community representatives and State Government authorities commenced in June 2020. The shire should be contacted for further information on this matter.

More Information

Any concerns regarding the operations of licensed premises within the precinct can be reported to DWER’s 24-hour Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 or you can submit an online report.

For more information about appeals, visit the Office of the Appeals Convenor website.

Shire of Dardanup Planning Department can be contacted on (08) 9724 0000

Reviewed: June 2021

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Any concerns regarding the operations of licensed premises within the precinct can be reported to DWER’s 24-hour Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 or you can submit an online report.

For more information about appeals, visit the Office of the Appeals Convenor website.

Shire of Dardanup Planning Department can be contacted on (08) 9724 0000.

Updated 20 November 2020

Page reviewed 5 July 2021