What is the purpose of MBC’s Planning Permit Amendment Application?
To include the municipal (putrescible) waste stream in the current licenced list of wastes accepted at the landfill located at 11 Tilleys Road, Maddingley and change days of opening to align with Council waste collection days. The application does not seek to extend the size or location of the existing EPA approved landfill.
What community consultation has occurred in relation to this amendment?
The proposed amendment was first discussed at the community consultation committee in May 2018. Since that date there has been regular meetings with the MBCCC. There have been letters to households within 1.5 km of the site and other advertising as required by Moorabool Council.
What is a landfill?
Landfills are required to manage wastes that cannot be otherwise recycled. As defined by EPA, landfills are an important part of Victoria’s waste management infrastructure. The siting, design, management and rehabilitation of landfills requires a high level of technical design and professional management to ensure that the environment is protected, and community expectations are met.
What is putrescible waste?
Putrescible or municipal wastes contain food waste and wastes typically collected from households through kerbside collections.
What type of waste does MBC currently accept?
MBC is currently licensed by EPA to dispose of to fully engineered and EPA approved landfill cells, commercial and industrial wastes that arise from commercial, industrial or trade activities and includes construction and demolition wastes. MBC is not licensed to accept asbestos.
Where will the putrescible waste go?
The putrescible wastes will initially be deposited into existing EPA approved waste disposal cells at MBC. No new cells are required to support the acceptance of putrescible wastes.
What is the volume of putrescible waste proposed to be accepted?
The exact amount of waste accepted is to be determined by demand but MBC will cap acceptance at a maximum of 150,000 tonnes per annum of municipal (putrescible) waste, in addition to the current 450,000 tonnes per annum of commercial and industrial waste. As a point of reference, the Ravenhall Landfill accepts municipal (putrescible) waste at a rate many times greater than MBC’s proposed maximum annual rate.
What are buffer distances?
Appropriate buffer distance must be maintained between the landfill and sensitive land uses (receptors) to protect those receptors from any potential impacts resulting from a failure of landfill design or management or abnormal weather conditions. The BPEM states that the buffer distance required for siting and operating a Type 2 (putrescible) landfill is 500 metres from buildings or structures. This 500 metre buffer is largely contained within MBC land.
What are the recommended buffer distances for MBC’s current operations?
EPA recommends the following separation distances for uses that are currently permitted at MBC Open cut coal mining – 1000 metres (from extraction boundary) Open windrow composting – 2000 metres Landfills accepting category C contaminated soil – 500 metres.
How will waste trucks access the landfill?
With the exception of waste collection vehicles collecting wastes from Bacchus Marsh all waste trucks delivering wastes to the site will be required to access the site via Woolpack Road and the Bacchus Marsh-Geelong Road. Trucks leaving the site will use Woolpack Road unless they are travelling west in which case they will use the Vicroads approved western truck route, subject to council approval.
Will the odour from the putrescible waste affect surrounding land users?
Environmental Resources Management conducted modelling of the impact associated with MBC receiving 150, 000 tonnes per annum of putrescible waste. The modelling showed that landfill odour would not impact amenity at any sensitive receptors.
How is groundwater protected from landfill activities?
The landfill has multiple liners comprised of clay and high density polyethylene, and all water that comes in contact with waste is collected and removed from the landfill. Groundwater at and around the site is monitored, sampled and analysed bi-annually for potential landfill impacts. The results of which are audited annually by a person appointed as an Environmental Auditor, pursuant to the Environment Protection Act 1970, and submitted to EPA.
Will there be additional dust generated?
No, dust from landfill operations will continue to be managed in accordance with EPA licence requirements, this includes the application of dust suppressant on haul roads and the landfill using 5 water tankers as required.
Does the addition of the putrescible waste increase the risk of harm to the environment and human health?
No, the municipal waste will initially be landfilled in an engineered containment system that complies with EPA requirements for putrescible waste. Once the Maddingley Energy Precinct is up and running, MBC will commence landfill diversion of municipal waste streams to the precinct for electricity generation. For more information on the Maddingley Energy Precinct please visit https://www.maddingleyenergyprecinct.com/
How will vermin be managed?
Acceptance of putrescible wastes will provide a potential source of food for birds and rodents. This will be managed principally by covering the wastes continuously during the day to limit access to food. At the end of each day a minimum thickness of 300 mm of soil or other cover material is applied to the tipping face. Bird numbers will also be minimised by the implementation of a bird management plan to be overseen by expert professionals as required.
Will there be additional litter generated?
No, cover will be placed on municipal waste to ensure it does not become wind borne, as an additional measure, MBC will extend the 17-meter-high litter fence to mitigate against potential wind-blown litter.
Is there an increase to the risk of fire by accepting municipal (putrescible) waste?
No, the risk of fire will continue to be managed in accordance with EPA licence requirements and MBC’s Fire Management Plan.
Will MBC be conducting any further community consultation relating to this application?
Yes, tours can be booked through following this link: MBC TOURS
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