STATE WASTE STRATEGY
The Western Australian Waste Strategy is the blueprint for the way in which waste issues are managed in this State.
In June 2014 the Minister for Environment announced a 5-year schedule of landfill increases rising to $105/m3 for inert waste by 2018, from the current rate of $75.
The levy increase was designed to divert waste from landfill, however an increase in unlicensed and non-compliant recycling activity has also occured.
The following extracts appear on the websites of some of WA’s leading homebuilders:
“…Group culture is based on critical core values including integrity, honesty, and taking responsibility. These values are strongly encouraged.”
“…continues to pursue recycling initiatives that respect the natural environment and help create a sustainable future. Our commitment is most evident in our recycling programme and currently 80% of building waste is recycled.”
“…improve the provision and quality of housing through the introduction of different building products which extend the environmental efficiency-quality envelope.”
There is clearly a commitment by most WA leading homebuilders to Sustainability.
Construction companies and land developers should ensure that cartage operators and recyclers’ engaged to manage waste streams can also demonstrate a like commitment to Sustainability.
DIVERSION FROM LANDFILL V’s SEPARATION
TerraVerde’s facility is designed to recover materials from inert waste for unrestricted end-use, hence diverting waste from landfill.
There are several recycling operations in the metropolitan area that consider separation and transfer to downstream recyclers to be sufficient. There are significant risks with this approach including:
- Further beneficiation is unaccountable and may never occur, hence recycling recovery rates could be overstated.
- In some cases non-compliant material is transported from waste separation site to private land for final storage which could result in land contamination requiring further investigation and audit, or requirement for landfill license and payment of levy.
Construction companies and land developers should ensure waste material is delivered to appropriately licensed and compliant recycling businesses, with transparent and documented operations that result in re-useable end product and diversion of waste from landfill.
TerraVerde produces clean fill and construction product road-base for unrestricted reuse in residential dwelling and land development applications. Recycled products are recovered from low risk waste material that comply with Department of Environment Regulation guideline criteria.
TerraVerde accepts mixed, unsorted material direct from construction sites or virgin material from land or site clearing.
The facility is designed to divert more than 90% of waste received from landfill based on auditable sales records.
RELEVANT GUIDELINES AND LICENSING
Site waste classifications and product supplied to customers comply with DER Guidelines for Managing Asbestos at Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Facilities (December 2012).
The site at 150 Flynn Dr., Neerabup is a prescribed premise with EPA (1986) License No. L8951/2016/1 expiry May 2020 for crushing of building material (Category 13) and solid waste depot (Category 62) activities.
TerraVerde recycling is a new facility on a 2.4 hectare site, with sealed surface and security fencing. The site entrance is asphalt with 200 m laneway to ensure safe turn-off from Flynn Dr. The site interior and exit is sealed with asphalt profile chip.
Site activities are governed by DER approved environmental managment plans including:
- Dust Management Plan.
- Noise Management Plan supported by independent noise expert modelling.
- Sample Analysis Plan based on DER Contaminated Site Management Guidelines.
- Drainage Plan compliant with Department of Water Stormwater Management Guidelines.
Current DER Licensing only requires testing for asbestos for re-sale of recycled products. TerraVerde supports the requirement for SAP to include metals/metaloids, inorganics, organic compounds such as petroleum hydrocarbons, phenols and OC/OP pesticides, as well as asbestos. This regime is used by acreddited auditors to investigate contaminated land sites.
Waste Material is off-loaded onto a 24m x 20m concrete floor inside a fully enclosed dome shelter. PVC curtains and fine-mist spray system are installed inside the shelter for dust and noise suppression.
The site structures and layout are designed to ensure customers can deliver material quickly and efficiently, with little or no risk of heavy vehicle damage while on-site (particularly tyre damage).
Carramar Resource Industries
TerraVerde is located next to CRI sand quarry. Waste material can be tipped prior to collection of sand or building materials thereby potentially reducing travel time and costs.
Overall responsibility for compliance with DER, City of Wanneroo and all other regulatory requirements rests with Company co-owners and Directors, Rocky Zamin and James Voss.
- Bachelor of Economics (Honors) degree from University of Western Australia.
- Corporate background in Investment Banking including Director (Metals and Mining Finance) for global bank Barclays Capital.
- Relevant industry experience include owneship and senior site Manager roles at large scale landfill and recycling operations in Perth northern suburbs.
- Master of Engineering (Distinction) from University of Arizona, Fellow of Royal Institute of Engineers (UK).
- Former managing partner of global engineering firm Golder Associates in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Extensive knowledge and experience of waste and recycling sectors in US and Europe, and has written over 60 publications on environmental management and beneficiation topics.