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

3,000

 

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
L9272/2020/1 Water Corporation Dardanup Wastewater Treatment Plant Category 54: Sewage facility 135 m3 per day 

DWER has received a number of complaints from the community in relation to 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

Applications and decisions

In December 2018, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) received a works approval application 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 Waste Management Facility). The application was subsequently withdrawn and will not be considered further.

On 4 June 2020, DWER granted approval for Cleanaway to commence waste disposal in the newly constructed Cell 7. One appeal was lodged with the Minister for Environment against the amendment. On the 31 August 2021 the Minister for Environment allowed the appeal in part, to the extent that additional conditions be imposed on the licence relating to odour. On 5 October 2021, DWER amended the licence for Banksia Road Waste Management Facility) to give effect to the appeal determination.

On 28 May 2021 DWER granted approval for Cleanaway to make upgrades to the southern stormwater drain.

On 7 April 2021, Cleanaway submitted a works approval application to construct additional landfill cells 12A, 9 and 10. This proposal was also referred to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) by Cleanaway. The EPA, following public consultation, determined to assess the proposal and is currently awaiting additional information from Cleanaway to undertake their assessment. DWER’s assessment of the works approval application under Part V of the EP Act will be assessed in parallel to the EPA’s assessment. Stakeholders will be consulted shortly: however, DWER cannot make a determination until the EPA has completed its assessment.

On 26 August 2021 Cleanaway submitted an application to commence waste disposal in the newly constructed Cell 8. DWER assessed the compliance documentation for the construction of Cell 8 and is satisfied that the Cell was constructed in accordance with the requirements of the licence. DWER has assessed the risks associated with the operation of Cell 8 and on 28 October 2021 determined to grant approval for waste disposal to commence in the Cell. *

Licence Review

On 28 October 2021, DWER completed a review of the licence for the Banksia Road Landfill which consisted of a comprehensive assessment of all activities undertaken on the premises to consider their acceptability, and to update regulatory controls on the licence.

DWER’s licence review determined that the activities on the premises can be effectively controlled through amended and additional licence conditions that mitigate risks to the environment and public health.

In completing the review DWER sought comment and input from the community, regulatory stakeholders and technical experts. The department would like to acknowledge the valuable input provided by these parties.

DWER’s Decision Report, including a Non-Technical Summary and the amended licence is available at www.dwer.wa.gov.au

*It should be noted that DWER has consolidated its decision making on the Cell 8 application and licence review into one Decision Report and one amended Licence.

Bunbury Harvey Regional Council Composting Facility

The Bunbury Harvey Regional Council (BHRC) operates a composting facility at Lot 1 on Diagram 65861, Lot 1 Banksia Rd. Following investigations into increased odour related complaints from the Dardanup area and the findings from DWER inspections of premises in the Precinct, in 2020 the Department completed a risk-based review of licence L8746/2013/1. DWER issued an amended licence which imposes tighter controls on the composting process to mitigate odour emissions from the premises.

The composting activities being undertaken by BHRC at Banksia Road are intended to be relocated to BHRC’s premises in Stanley Road once a new enclosed composting facility has been constructed on that site.

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 19 August 2021, DWER granted a licence for a Category 54 (Sewage facility) licence to Water Corporation, who have been operating the Dardanup Wastewater Treatment Plant since 1996. The plant was previously registered under the EP Act

Compliance matters

DWER officers have visited the precinct 16 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.

In November 2020, Cleanaway pleaded guilty to two licence breaches relating to the incorrect storage of drill muds and incorrect use of shredder floc as cover material and were 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 as it was considered that pollution was likely to arise from the power pole waste. The notice required Cleanaway to cease receival of Class IV power pole waste, remove the stockpiled power pole waste and undertake soil and surface water sampling. On 30 May 2021, Cleanaway were deemed to have complied with the requirements of the Prevention Notice and it ceased to have effect.

Investigations are ongoing as a result of previous compliance inspections.

An improvement in compliance, management and operations at the premises was noted by the Department during inspections undertaken in November 2020 and August 2021.

Other Matters

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has received from the Shire of Dardanup a new Local Planning Scheme 9, which proposes to update the zoning over the waste precinct to provide better Scheme controls. The Shire is currently preparing further information for the EPA regarding some proposed modifications to the scheme, after which the EPA will make a decision regarding environmental impact.

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: October 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 29 October 2021