The Taylors Road Landfill and EarthSure community updates page aims to help share an understanding of our operations by hosting informative resources and sharing planned and recent activities whilst providing a platform for Veolia and the local community to engage.
Community Updates will be updated periodically to best address current topics of interest.
EarthSure Soil Washing
The EarthSure facility located at the Taylors Road Landfill looks forward to expanding its service offering to further support the circular economy. The Veolia and Ventia joint venture has received funding from Sustainability Victoria's Circular Economy Infrastructure Fund and is now undertaking a planning process to establish a soil washing plant at the Dandenong South site.
Updates about the project will be posted on the Taylors Road Community Updates page.
You can read more about the funded project, here.
Temporary Soil Storage Facility
What is being proposed?
To further support our objective of removing contaminants from the environment, Veolia are proposing to make changes to our operation through the use of a development licence exception (DLE) which will be reviewed by the Environment Protection Authority.
Through this DLE process Veolia are proposing to create a temporary contaminated soil storage facility on site. The facility will have a capacity of up to 40,000 tons and would store low odour, non PFAS impacted Category C soil.
The project will help meet a spike in demand for soil treatment associated with large-scale infrastructure projects.
The final engineering controls on this proposed project will be subject to Environment Protection Authority feedback through the development licence exception (DLE) process.
How the site plans to manage storage facility?
The facility will be built on fully rehabilitated landfill cells with several engineering controls to manage environmental impacts.
Environmental considerations include:
Dust - Unloading - Water will be used as a dust suppression while unloading material into the controlled storage area
Dust - Stockpile management - an engineered solution agreed on through the development licence exemption process will be implemented to provide coverage of the Category C storage area for dust control.
Ongoing environmental evaluation - the site will continue to deliver a Risk Based Monitoring Program.
Runoff and leachate - the area will be built on a lined pad and bunded to contain and manage runoff which will be captured and treated on site using the existing leachate infrastructure.
The temporary storage facility will be used to store up to 40,000 tons of low odour, non PFAS impacted Category C soil. The soil may be stored for up to three months prior to treatment.
Cat A and B material will continue to be stored and processed in the existing fully enclosed shed.
Posted 10 November 2023
Leachate Pond Works
Why are we undertaking this work?
Veolia will undertake maintenance work for the upkeep of the existing leachate ponds located at the south-east of the site. This work will support the longevity of the leachate ponds used to treat stormwater that has come into contact with waste.
How are we undertaking this work?
Veolia has engaged independent consultants to undertake the design process, risk assessment and delivery of this work.
This work is expected to commence following Environment Protection Authority approval of the proposed works. This communication will be updated once timelines are established.
The leachate within the ponds has been treated and discharged in preparation for the works. This work will be completed on ponds 1,2 and 3. There are an additional 6 ponds on site that can meet the leachate demands of the site.
The pond liner will be removed and disposed of appropriately.
Earthworks will be delivered to replace two existing smaller bund walls with a single, more robust bund wall. The three ponds will become two, however the footprint of the ponds will not change.
With earthworks completed the ponds will be relined and commissioned.
What to expect during this work?
Day to day the facility operates heavy machinery, there are no introduced impacts expected from the delivery of these works. However there may be an increase in traffic for equipment delivery.
The dedicated water-cart will continue to maintain the integrity of the roads and the use of the wheel wash will be enforced.
Posted 10 November 2023
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Frequently Asked Questions
How is Taylors Road landfill licensed?
Located within the City of Dandenong’s Industrial Zone, the Taylors Road landfill has been operating since 1990. Since 2011 the landfill has been licensed to ensure a safe and controlled environment is maintained for the disposal of putrescible and priority waste streams including Category B, and Category C waste.
As a part of this licence, Veolia remains responsible for the restoration of the land and environment during the aftercare period (estimated to be 30 years) from the completion of landfilling, before the land is handed back to the City of Greater Dandenong. The aftercare period is an estimate, as the aftercare will continue until an independent Environmental Auditor and the EPA are satisfied with the site's residual risk.
What type of waste is accepted at the Taylor Road landfill?
The Taylors Road landfill provides responsible environmental management of reportable priority wastes, commonly from businesses and industry.
Waste types accepted:
- Category B and Category C waste including soil - the thresholds for these categories are set and enforced by the Environment Protection Authority under the Environmental Protection Act 2017. Packaged Waste Asbestos - asbestos which is wrapped and contained prior to being transported to the landfill. The site has specific procedures to manage this waste safely.
- Putrescible Waste - This waste category is commonly referred to as household waste, or kerbside waste collected by Councils. It includes material that has a higher organic content that decomposes over time and generates landfill gas. Although licenced for this waste type, the site is currently not receiving putrescible waste
For further understanding of priority wastes details are provided on the EPA website, here.
What other treatment options are available at the site?
Ecological transformation is Veolia’s purpose. The Taylors Road site accepts priority wastes as a disposal option and is invested in providing further treatment options through its joint venture EarthSure which processes soil to remove contaminants allowing beneficial reuse.
To explore our disposal and treatment options for a wide variety of impacted materials click here.
What are landfill cells?
Engineered landfill cells are constructed to encapsulate waste, leachate and landfill gas within a contained system.
Landfill cells are constructed in accordance with the Environment Protection Authority’s Best Practice Environmental Management, which provides guidelines and legislative objectives. During the construction and capping stages, landfill cells are third party auditor verified and approved by the EPA before filling can commence.
What special controls do priority waste landfills undertake?
The site’s landfill cells are specially engineered in accordance with the EPA’s Best Practice Environmental Management guidelines which specify the quality of materials used to line the landfill cells, provides guidance on landfill gas management, leachate treatment, timely and appropriate waste cover as well as litter controls.
Additional controls include:
- Specialised staff training
- Provision of GPS coordinates for specified waste types
- Immediate cover to receive waste and packaged asbestos
- Administration of the EPA’s waste tracking process for all priority wastes
- Ongoing environmental monitoring
- Third party environmental auditing
What is landfill gas and how is it managed?
Landfill gas is generated within landfill cells as organic matter breaks down over time. However, due to minimal organic material being accepted to site for a sustained period there is a reduced amount of landfill gas being produced.
Landfill gas is managed by placing wells in the waste mass of the landfill cell. The onsite gas capture system draws the landfill gas under vacuum and the combustible methane is flared to reduce emissions and mitigate odour.
What is leachate and how is it managed?
Leachate is liquid generated from the waste mass within the landfill cell, or any liquid that comes in contact with the waste mass.
The design of each landfill cell allows for leachate to be captured and pumped by the leachate sump to the onsite leachate treatment facility.
The leachate treatment facility allows for onsite treatment of the liquid. Treatment includes aeration, which provides an oxygen rich environment for microorganisms to break down ammonia within the liquid. Additional treatments can be applied to restore pH and ammonia balances from time to time.
Following treatment, the liquid meets the environmental standards of the water authority trade waste agreement. An approval is issued by the water authority to discharge liquid to the sewer for further treatment. Each discharge of leachate to the sewer requires a new approval to be issued by the water authority.
Does the site have a Fire Management Plan?
The site has a detailed Emergency Response Plan, which includes responses to fire. This plan details how the site will respond during a fire scenario and demonstrates details such as evacuation procedures, hydrant connection points and specifies water volumes maintained on site. Once Vic Emergency have been notified of an event an evaluation will be made by Vic Emergency regarding the need for community notification.
What happens after the landfill closes?
After the landfill is closed Veolia will remediate and maintain the site during the aftercare period (which is estimated to be 30 years). The land will be returned to the council after remediation has been achieved and it has been approved as compliant by an independent auditor and EPA.
The operation of EarthSure is contingent on the landfill being operational.
During the aftercare period Veolia will be responsible for:
- Capping the final landfill cell and remediation of landscape
- Ongoing environmental monitoring of landfill gas, leachate, groundwater and stormwater
- Ongoing maintenance of the site including landscaping and the landfill infrastructure that manages leachate and the landfill gas network
- Ongoing engagement of a landfill gas management contractor who converts landfill gas into electricity.
You can learn more about the management of closed landfills via the EPA’s resources here
What is EarthSure?
Located at the Taylors Road Landfill site, in Victoria, EarthSure, a joint venture between Veolia and Ventia is a lawful premise licensed by the EPA if Victoria to receive and treat Category C, B and A soils and wastes by thermal treatment and stabilisation.
How are contaminants removed?
Contaminated waste delivered to the facility is unloaded in a fully enclosed Pretreatment Building (PTB) where the waste is pretreated including homogenisation, drying, screening and crushing as required. The PTB is serviced by an Emissions Control System (ECS) which extracts the air in the PTB and purifies it through a series of particulate and activated carbon filtration. A PID ( Photoionisation Detector) continuously monitors quality of the purified air released from the ECS emissions stack.
Pretreated contaminated soil is fed into our thermal treatment plant where it is heated in a Primary Treatment Unit (PTU) to drive off the organic contaminants from the soil, rendering the soil clean. The organic contaminants are routed into a Secondary Treatment Unit (STU) where they are destroyed to form simple molecules such as water, carbon dioxide, and salt (NaCl).
The treated soil discharged from our thermal treatment plant is quarantined, analysed, and repurposed for recycling on a range of beneficial reuse.
What happens to the processed material?
Clean soil is returned to the source site or reused elsewhere as engineering fill. In the absence of demand, treated and stabilised soils are sent to the Taylors Road landfill, where they are used as landfill buffer/bedding sand or as daily cover in place of clean fill that would otherwise have to be imported for these purposes.
What hours does the EarthSure facility operate?
Materials can be accepted to the EarthSure facility via the Taylors Road weighbridge, operational Monday - Friday 7am - 3pm, or via confirmed arrangement.
The EarthSure facility is licenced to operate 24/7. Operation of the facility is planned to ensure efficient processing of material.
What environmental controls are in place?
The thermal plant is computer controlled. There are a total of 500 input and output control and measurement points that are constantly monitored on the plant to ensure its safe operation. A Continuous Emissions Control System (CEMS) continuously samples and measures the quality of the thermal plant’s stack emission to ensure compliance with our EPA licence. The CEMS is also interlocked to automatically stop feed to the plant to ensure our licence limits are not exceeded.
If you would like to get in touch with the engagement team, or provide feedback about key site updates please email [email protected] or call our contact centre on 1800 368 737 and our team will get back to you