Landfill facility guidelines
Development and operation of landfill facilities in South Australia are activities of environmental significance and must be carried out in accordance with the Environment Protection Act 1993 (the Act).
The Guidelines for environmental management of landfill facilities (municipal solid waste and commercial and industrial general waste)1 provide guidance to landfill operators, developers, planning authorities and regulatory bodies on the site selection, development, design, construction, operation, closure and post-closure management of municipal solid waste and commercial and industrial (C&I) general waste landfill facilities.
The implementation schedule for this guideline is based on specific landfill life cycle stages, for example:
- closure before 1 July 2008
- closure between 1 July 2008 and 1 July 2010
- continuing operation past 1 July 2010
- development of new landfill facilities.
Landfills that closed prior to July 2010
Not all aspects of the guideline apply to sites that closed by July 2010, and the standards for closure under these circumstances needed to be negotiated with the EPA. The closure design was required to align with any proposed later use for the locality and the closure methodology, and landform and materials adopted needed to ensure this later use would be supported.
The Explanatory note for landfill sites closing before July 2010 provided guidance to landfill operators, developers, planning authorities and regulatory bodies when preparing a closure plan. To assist with drafting a closure plan, a framework has also been included that allows for varying levels of information to be provided to the EPA.
- Derivation of disposal criteria
- Current SA waste classifications and chemical criteria
- Information sheet: Landfill gas and development near landfills - advice for planning authorities and developers
- Preparation and implementation of closure and post-closure plans
1 The Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010 (W2R EPP) requires the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) take this guideline document into consideration when assessing development applications and environmental authorisations for proposed landfill sites. Proponents/licensees need to provide information relating to these considerations to the EPA, so an appropriate assessment of suitability can be made.