Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of waste will go in the landfill?

 

Only materials like building rubble, non-recyclable packaging and office waste.

What is solid inert waste?

 

Solid inert landfill is class of waste defined by the EPA. It does not contain food waste or garden waste.  The waste is generated by industry and the construction and demolition sectors.  It consists mainly of non-hazardous waste from factories, offices, warehouses and the construction sector.  

Will the landfill smell?

 

No. There will be no household waste, liquids or green waste so there will be nothing to create odours.

Won’t there be dust when loads are dropped off?

 

All loads entering the site are covered to prevent dust or waste spillage.  The pit is deep so for most of the time it is being filled dust will be contained in the pit. As the pit fills, sprinklers will be used to dampen unloading areas to ensure there isn’t any dust.  The buffer zone comprising trees and grasses provides extra insurance to ensure there is no impact on residents.

What hours will the landfill operate?

 

The landfill would only receive loads from 6am to 6pm on Monday to Friday and 6am to 1pm Saturday. It will be closed on Sundays.

Will there be more trucks than there are today?

 

No. We estimate that there will be about 140 truck movements per day, many less than today. On a busy day right now, there could be up to 600 truck movements in and out of the quarry.

I live in Brookland Greens and I’ve had enough of tips. Will the same thing happen again?

 

No. The site will accept only solid inert waste. Stevensons Road Closed Landfill accepted household waste, among other things, and that’s what caused the gas. Solid inert wastes are mainly comprised of construction waste materials such as soil, bricks, plasterboard and timber, and commercial wastes such as packaging.  The odour and gas problems that occurred at Stevensons Road could not occur because the waste is totally different and the pit will be fully lined.  Stevensons Road Closed Landfill was unlined.

Why can’t they put the waste somewhere else?

 

This site was recognised in the Metropolitan Waste Plan as the best available site, on the basis of buffers, surrounding land uses and other criteria.  There are very few alternative sites. Without landfill, the quarry will remain a big hole in the ground

Will the trucks throw up dust?

 

There will be fewer trucks than there are now and a water cart will be used to suppress the dust on Ballarto Road once the landfill becomes operational.

Will there be any more blasting.

 

No. Quarrying will stop so there will be no blasting.

How long will it take to fill the landfill?

 

Around eight years.

What will happen to the site when it’s full?

 

The site will be landscaped and an area about the size of seven football fields will be given back to the community as parkland with the SBI proposal including a wetland, walking paths and playground. The rest will be developed as high quality housing.

Is permission from government needed for the landfill to go ahead?

 

In order to close the quarry and open a landfill, SBI will need permission from the local council and the EPA.

What happens if its not turned into a landfill?

 

Quarrying could continue for the next 30 years which would mean up to 600 truck trips a day, dust throughout the year and the continuation of blasting. Eventually all that would remain on the site would be a giant hole that could not be reclaimed, re-vegetated or returned to the community.

 

 

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