THERE’S enough landfill space in Melbourne to satisfy the entire metropolitan area’s needs for at least the next 30 years according to the 104-page Draft Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan released last week.
In the draft, there is no specific mention of Veolia’s plans to bring southeast Melbourne’s waste to Leongatha South.
The plan revealed that while most of the landfills in Melbourne’s southeast will be full within 10 years, there’s adequate capacity in the city’s north.
The report also stated that transporting the waste from the south to the north would only have a minimal impact on congestion.
The waste needs of the entire state will be mapped out in regional plans.
The draft metropolitan study is the first to be released. Gippsland’s report is expected to be released next year.
The draft revealed that in the future, landfills will still be required, but at a reduced level.
“While the government aims to maximise resource recovery, which would see the current recovery rate of 73 per cent increase, landfills will continue to play a necessary role in the metropolitan infrastructure network for at least the short to medium term.”
The report acknowledged that landfills adversely impact the environment and community if they are not located and managed properly.
There are 21 landfills operating in the metropolitan region and these landfills received over three million tonnes of material in the 2014-15 Period.
Veolia wants to bring 200,000 tonnes of waste to the disused quarry at Leongatha South every year.
Most of Melbourne’s licensed landfills are sited within active and closed quarry voids.
The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group report showed there is an “adequate supply of landfill airspace in the north west that could meet Melbourne’s overall needs in the long term”.
“Over the next 30 years around 150 million tonnes will be available which will meet the projected annual landfilling need of 4 million tonnes.
“While it is projected that metropolitan region has adequate infrastructure capacity, the majority of this potential capacity is located in the northwest catchment.
“Within the southeast catchment, the Clayton/Dingley cluster of landfills will close within the next 18 months to three years. Of the remaining three landfills, SUEZ Hallam and SUEZ Lyndhurst have adequate capacity (based on current fill rates) to continue serving waste generators in the southeast for at least the next 10 years and SBI Cranbourne will provide additional solid inert capacity for the south east over the next 10 years.
“Beyond 10 years, planning decisions must consider whether it is optimal for all of Melbourne’s landfilling needs to occur in the northwest.
“MWRRG modelling indicates that adequate transport capacity for hauling additional waste to northwest is available within the principal
freight network.
“If the northwest catchment managed all metropolitan disposal needs, some landfills would be required to operate at a significantly higher capacity.
“MWRRG has undertaken an assessment of transport impacts based on an understanding of landfill capacity and a range of disposal scenarios.
“It is unlikely that moving all waste to the northwest will adversely impact the freight transport network carried as this waste is a relatively small component of metropolitan freight.
“Compared to all other vehicles on the road in Victoria, municipal collections constitute less than 0.2 per cent of the overall congestion costs in Victoria.”
The report hinted that submissions pushing for regional dumping came from the private sector.
“A number of submissions made to the market assessment were for existing or proposed infrastructure located within a region outside of the metropolitan region.
“These submissions were included in assessments.
“These proposals cannot be listed in the metropolitan infrastructure schedule, they can only be noted.
“MWRRG is consulting with Sustainability Victoria and the relevant regional WRRGs to consider these proposals further as part of the integration process for waste and resource recovery implementation plans.”