WHY

The ACT has one of the higher per capita waste generation rates in Australia. Recycling rates have plateaued over the last decade.With a growing population the government is looking for solutions.

Worldwide, the waste management issue has been intensely scrutinised, particularly over the last 15 years where the total environmental outcome is now being considered. CRS has proposed a  solution that have a long -term benefit for the environment, the community and the economy.

The CRS solution will help achieve outcomes of the ACT Waste Management Strategy.

CRS is currently focused on delivering a sophisticated and proven level of recycling, and waste processing technologies that will begin to turn the tide on the ACT’s reliance on landfill.

BACKGROUND

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.

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BENEFITS

From a broader ACT Government Policy and community perspective, the development of this MRF proposal will benefit the ACT Government across a range of policy objectives including:

  • Significantly extend the life of the ACT’s Mugga Lane landfill. This extends its operational life for the purposes of higher revenue an less volume, special and hazardous landfill requirements.The reduction in Mugga Lane receipt volumes will increase the available landfill space for 8-10 years in the first year of CRS opening its MRF operation. There will be a clear environmental and financial saving to the ACT Government in avoiding further investment in the extension of this facility and the associated environmental impacts. It is assumed that the Mugga Lane facility would continue to accept wastes such as medical waste and asbestos as well as processing the public drop-off facility.
  • Providing managed cross border solutions for waste benefiting the wider region. This is an underlying theme of the ACT/NSW Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for regional collaboration to promote economic development and improve resource management across borders;
  • Promoting the ACT as a new and innovative advanced waste management hub, incorporating the latest in sorting equipment, proven odour control methods and other best practice environmental safety systems;
  • Provide a positive impact on the ACT economy by diversifying the economic base and creating 48 fulltime jobs, and other part time jobs, through the development of a new, innovative and growing industry.

Mugga Lane Landfill

Exisiting Mugga Lane Landfill

Materials Recovery Facility