New South Wales

Eastern Creek landfill expansion gets the go-ahead

THE NSW Government has approved a $7.5 million extension of the Eastern Creek Waste and Recycling Centre. The Department of Planning's Deputy Director-General Richard Pearson today said he had approved the modification sought by WSN for the Eastern Creek site.

The modification will increase the total landfill capacity from the existing 2.9 million tonnes to 4.5 million tonnes and extend the landfill cessation date from 2014 for a further three years to June 2017.

It also allows an increase of the approved current waste disposal rate of 500,000 tonnes per annum to 550,000 through until 30 June 2017, in addition to a potential 50,000 in emergency tonnage per year.

The government said the extension modification was exhibited but received no submissions from members of the public or interest groups.

Approximately 115 conditions have been placed on the development. These conditions include requirements that WSN offset vegetation impacts of its proposal by taking part in the biobanking scheme; rehabilitate the extension area to a public recreation standard once completed; and commission an independent audit of the landfill's environmental performance every two years.

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