Infrastructure to support our Waste Strategy

As part of the Waste Strategy, Council is undertaking a number of other activities to enhance the outcomes of the project in the long term.

Awaba landfill expansion

Work has started at Awaba to expand Council’s only landfill because at current filling rates, the facility will be full within three years. The expansion project will increase landfill space of the site by two-and-a-half-million tonnes and extend the lifespan of the facility by an estimated 20 years.

The expansion involves:

The existing onsite facilities will also be upgraded as part of the project with:

A Biodiversity Offest Strategy was developed to comply with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 approval of the Awaba Waste Management Facility. Council manages the Awaba Biodiversity Conservation Area to compensate for the the loss of Tetratheca juncea plants arising from the construction of the facility. The Biodiversity Offset Strategy has been approved and implemented, with the offset area protected by a restrictive covenant on the land title, and the land managed by Council in accordance with the Awaba Biodiversity Conservation Area Plan of Management 2015. Council has also complied with relevant notification requirements of the approval, including providing information on our website. 

Background to Awaba landfill expansion

In June 2012, based on engineering and financial analysis, Council resolved to pursue a development application (project approval) to expand the capacity of the landfill facility within the current property boundary.

In May 2013, Council's application to expand the Awaba Waste Management Facility was approved by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission.

To review the Department of Planning and Infrastructures assessment, visit planning.nsw.gov.au.

Progress implementing the NSW approval is detailed below.

Conditions Progress
Administrative  
1 Council is implementing all reasonable and feasible measures to prevent and/or minimise any harm to the environment that may result from construction
2-4 The project is being carried out generally in accordance with the consent and associated documentation, and the reasonable requirement of the Director-General of the Department of Planning and Environment
5 The facility does not receive more than 150,000 tonnes per year of waste
6-8 Arrangements are in place to transition from the current to the approved consent and associated plans of management
9 Lot 372 DP 723259 has been acquired for the purposes of offsetting of impacts on biodiversity
10 Construction certificates for building and civil works have been issued
11 Utilities approvals are in progress
12 Demolition work has not yet commenced
13 Plant and equipment is properly maintained and operated
14 Public infrastructure is being appropriately managed
15 Staged submission of plans or programs has not been required
16 Dispute resolution provisions have not been required
Environmental  
1-4 Waste received on site and generated during construction is managed in accordance with the site Environment Protection Licence and the EPA's Waste Classification Guidelines to maximise resource recovery and ensure only acceptable waste is received
5 A Waste and Resource Recovery Monitoring Program will be prepared prior to commencement of expanded operations.
6 Hunter Water Corporation has issued a Trade Waste Agreement for the site
7 The Landfill Environmental Management Plan will be updated prior to commencement of expanded operations.
8-10 Appropriate waste cover material will be used in the expanded operations and litter, pests vermin and noxious weeds will be appropriately managed
11-12 The Environment Protection Authority has approved the proposed landfill cell design and liner system
13-14 Measures to manage erosion and sediment control, and protect and reuse topsoil are documented in the Construction Environmental Management Plan
15 Suitable water supply is available for construction purposes
16-19 Stormwater and leachate management and collection systems have been designed in accordance with the consent and will be documented in the Landfill Environmental Management Plan
20 A Contamination Management Plan has been prepared as part of the Construction Environmental Management Plan
21-26 Construction odour, dust and greenhouse gases will be managed in accordance with the Construction Environmental Management Plan. The Landfill Environmental Management Plan will address operational dust, odour and greenhouse gas management.
27-29, 31-32 Noise and vibration during construction will be managed in accordance with the Construction Environmental Management Plan. The Landfill Environmental Management Plan will address operational noise and vibration management.
30 The construction hours of operation are 7am-6pm Mon-Fri and 8am-1pm Sat, and the operational hours of operation are 7.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri and 8am-4pm weekends and public holidays.
33-36 The intersection of Wilton and Wangi roads has been upgraded in accordance with the Consent.
37-38 Traffic management during construction will be managed in accordance with the Construction Environmental Management Plan. The Landfill Environmental Management Plan will address operational traffic management.
39-40 Lighting and signage has been designed in accordance with the Consent.
41 Management of hazardous materials during construction will be managed in accordance with the Construction Environmental Management Plan. The Landfill Environmental Management Plan will address operational hazardous materials management.
42 Buildings and structures have been designed in accordance with relevant bushfire management standards. An updated Bushfire Management Plan for the site will be prepared prior to commencement of expanded operations.
43 An updated Emergency Management Plan for the site will be prepared prior to commencement of expanded operations.
44-49 Registered Aboriginal parties have been involved in the management of Aboriginal cultural heritage values on site, and in the development of the Cultural Heritage Plan and Cultural Heritage Induction Program.
50-56 A Biodiversity Offset Strategy, Biodiversity Management Plan and Awaba Biodiversity Conservation Area Plan of Management have been developed and are being implemented, along with associated conditions of Consent.
57-58 Landfill closure and rehabilitation will be developed for the site in due course.
Environmental Management, Reporting and Auditing  
1 A Construction Environmental Management Plan (part 1 and part 2) has been prepared in accordance with the Consent.
2 A Landfill Environmental Management Plan will be prepared in accordance with the Consent prior to commencement of expanded operations.
3 Management plans include the specific elements required under the Consent.
4 Annual reviews of the environmental performance of the landfill will commence within one year of commencement of expanded operations.
5 Plans and programs will be reviewed and revised as required.
6-7 The environmental performance of the project will be reported in Council's State of the Environment report, and any incidents will be reported to relevant agencies within 7 days.
8-9 An environmental audit of the expanded operations will be conducted within a year of commencement of those operations, and a copy provided to the Director-General.
10 Approvals, plans and programs prepared for the project are available via the links on this webpage. Monitoring results, a complaints register, annual reviews and audit results will be uploaded as they become available.
11 A Community Education Program will be prepared prior to commencement of operations.

Short term options for diversion of waste to extend life of Awaba Waste site

We've developed a sustainable and equitable Waste Strategy that includes a phased three-bin system.

Council identified opportunities to extend the life of the Awaba landfill in a commercially sound manner. Council is now diverting some of its landfill waste to neighbouring facilities. This provides Council with contingency between now and the implementation of Phase two of the new three-bin system.

Lake Macquarie Organics Resource Recovery Facility

Remondis, our green waste processing contractor, has now completed the construction of the composting facility to process the City's food and garden waste. The facility, located on a parcel of land next to the Awaba Waste Management Facility, on Wilton Road, Awaba, is open to the public Monday to Friday for the disposal of garden and food waste.

The Lake Macquarie Organics Resource Recovery Facility was launched on 19 July 2018 in time for the introduction of Lake Mac’s greener 3-bin system.

Condition Progress
1 Action began on 6 May 2015. Advised Department of Environment on 5 June 2015.
2 Actions recorded in monthly project meeting minutes, including detailed action log.
3 Annual update due to be published by 5 September 2016. Update published 18 October 2016.
4 No direction from the Minister has been provided to date.
5 No amendment to approved activity is proposed to date.
6 No request from the Minister has been provided to date.
7 The activity commenced on 6 May 2015.
8 The Awaba Biodiversity Conservation Management Plan and the Plant Pathogen Management Plan were approved in April 2015 and published in October 2016.
9 A positive covenant over the Awaba Biodiversity Conservation Area was submitted to Land and Property Information for registration in April 2015. There is no current proposal to revoke the covenant.
10 Evidence provided to the Department of Environment of registration of the covenant, relevant offset attributes, shapefiles and textual descriptions in October 2016.
11 No alternative offset strategy for Commonwealth-listed species is required.
12 The Awaba Biodiversity Conservation Area Management Plan is being implemented.
13 The Plant Pathogen Management Plan is being implemented to protect the Black-eyed Susan. There has been no site activities within the last 12 months that have required specific action under the plan.
14 To date 5.2ha of overstorey vegetation has been cleared from the project area. A surveyor will be engaged to clearly mark out the approved development footprint prior to any further clearing.

Page last updated: 25 September 2018