Southern Waste ResourceCo - McLaren Vale
Southern Waste ResourceCo (SWR) operates a landfill on Tatachilla Road at McLaren Vale, and has been operating at this site since 1993. It holds EPA licence #32682 to undertake activities of environmental significance. A list of waste that SWR is currently allowed to receive is specified in the licence.
On 21 February 2020, SWR sought EPA approval to receive, store, treat and dispose of waste contaminated with per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
The EPA has strict criteria around the disposal of PFAS-contaminated waste, and this is permitted only if landfill operators can demonstrate that they have appropriate mechanisms and engineering in place for testing, handling and disposal of this waste. This approach is consistent with the EPA’s existing requirements for the disposal of wastes contaminated with other chemicals, to ensure the transport and mobility of contaminants to the environment are controlled and mitigated.
The EPA is now assessing SWR’s proposal against the landfill acceptance criteria outlined in the PFAS National Environment Protection Measure and in accordance with the EPA Landfill disposal criteria for PFAS-contaminated waste.
Make a submission – closing date 28 April 2020
In assessing the application, the EPA will consider feedback from the community, prior environmental performance, the availability of new data or scientific information, and the use of new technologies.
Please email your comments by Tuesday 28 April 2020.
The statutory notification boundary for a licence relaxation of this kind is residents within a 60-metre buffer zone. In acknowledgement that this application may receive wider community interest, the EPA chose to supplement the statutory process with a wider community engagement plan.
On 3 April the EPA sent the letter notification to neighbouring residents, and included an information package consisting of a community update prepared specifically for this application and the landfill guidelines for the disposal of PFAS contaminated waste. On 6 April we placed an notice in The Advertiser and sent a media release to Adelaide Now (print and radio), AAP and InDaily. We also emailed the community update to key stakeholders including council, wine industry association bodies, and the Tatachilla Lutheran School. This included a link to this dedicated webpage that we created for the community.
Community engagement is ongoing and we encourage you to please phone or email us if you have any questions (see Further information below).
The site at Tatachilla Road, McLaren Vale is owned by a private landowner and commercially operated by Southern Waste ResourceCo. Please see map below:
Landfill cell design
Southern Waste ResourceCo has published a fact sheet about the landfill cell design.
- Landfill disposal criteria for PFAS-contaminated waste
- Environmental management of landfill facilities - Solid waste disposal
- EPA Authorisation #32682
- Southern Waste ResourceCo information
- Southern Waste ResourceCo FAQs
Telephone: (08) 8124 4216