Waste management is a vital and basic function of local governments and municipal services. The ACT has a growing population that is increasingly aware of the environmental impacts surrounding domestic waste management. In recognition of the challenges that face the ACT now and increasingly in the future, the ACT Government has developed the ACT Waste Management Strategy 2011-2025 (The strategy). The strategy is a follow on from the ‘No Waste by 2010 Strategy’ (1996) which saw a reduction of domestic waste sent to landfill from 60% to 30% by the year 2003.
To build on the efforts of the ‘No Waste by 2010 Strategy’, the key objective of the ACT Waste Management Strategy 2011-2025 is to “ensure that the ACT leads innovation to achieve full resource recovery and a carbon neutral waste sector”. This objective is supported through four key outcomes:
ACT Waste Strategy
In a bid to accomplish the outcomes established in the ACT Waste Management Strategy 2011-2025 and prolong the life of the existing Mugga Lane cell, CRS propose a local solution to waste management.
CRS are planning the development of a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to recover resources from waste. The development of such a facility will require a new purpose (EIS application 201700053) and a rail freight terminal (seperate development application DA201835108) to efficiently and environmentally move materials from the site.
The location of the proposed materials recovery facility is Block 9 & 11 Section 8 Fyshwick (16 Ipswich Street), the old Shell Fuel Storage facility. The proposed rail freight terminal is on part block 11 section 47 which is part of the existing railway easement. Both proposed development application activities are on appropriately zoned industrial land.
In its commitment to the waste management strategy, CRS have sought to purchase block 9 section 8. This sale process was followed to where the Territory offered a sale and then subsequently rescinded an exisiting development Consent which had been in place fore 16 months and the sale offer. CRS has pursued this action in Court in late 2018 and are awaiting the verdict.
Site remediation, has been carried out for the purposes of developing the land for indistrisl use, as this was the location of a former fuel storage facility. The MRF site also includes blocks 9&11 section 8. The two sites achieve a dual street frontage and have a zoning that permits the materials recovery activity.
Adjacent to blocks 9&11 section 8 is the “South Shunt” rail siding on part Block 11 Section 47 Fyshwick. This site permits railway uses and it is proposed (by seperate development application DA201835108) to construct a rail freight terminal and freight transport faciltiy on this land. CRS has been granted a 20 year licence by Transport for NSW to establish on operate this terminal subject to development approval. This centrally located MRF would enable unsorted waste to transported from the north and the south of Canberra efficiently, and after processing the waste residues and recyclables can be transported by rail from the ACT to Woodlawn or other rail destinations as required. It would also allow the re-establishment of general freight services to and from Canberra. Repairs and upgrades will be made to this shunt with the help of a $1 million grant from the NSW Government.
This EIS discusses the MRF and RFT operations on the site due to its need to examine the entire environmental impact. The establishment of the MRF will ensure that CRS can begin diverting waste from the Mugga Lane and other landfills as soon as possible and start harvesting the recycled resource potential of the MSW and C&I waste streams.