Southern Waste ResourceCo - McLaren Vale
Community info session, 30 July 2020
With the easing of social distancing restrictions, the EPA is now able to provide an opportunity for the local community to speak one-on-one with staff from the EPA, SWR and SA Health. Download the invitation.
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 Plan and in accordance with the EPA Landfill disposal criteria for PFAS-contaminated waste.
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.