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Background

 Richgro operates an aerobic digestion facility in Jandakot which produces compost from food and green waste such as sawdust and pine bark.  

 Various food wastes are accepted and treated through the anaerobic digester to produce a biogas and a liquid digestate. The biogas is used as a fuel to generate electricity and the digestate has previously been applied to outdoor composting windrows on the premises but is currently being disposed off-site.

Licence holder, A.Richards Pty Ltd (Richgro), holds licence L7308/1998/13 to operate the composting, liquid waste and solid waste facility under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

Since December 2015 Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER)* has received a large number of complaints from the community primarily relating to odour, noise and dust.

* The former Department of Environment Regulation amalgamated on 1 July 2017 with the Department of Water and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority, forming the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

What is Happening Now?

DWER is investigating these complaints and has also undertaken a detailed risk-based review of the Richgro facility's existing licence.

All emissions and discharges from the facility are being considered and, if necessary, DWER will amend the regulatory controls in the licence to address any risks to the environment and public health. 

If you are being impacted by emissions from the facility, please call DWER's Pollution Hotline on 1300 784 782 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Licence amendment

On 13 January 2017, Richgro submitted an application to amend its licence to allow the ongoing operation of the anaerobic digester. DWER considered this application alongside the risk-based licence review.

The Department provided Richgro with the draft licence review and draft licence amendment for comment on two occasions throughout the review process. 

The Department updated the final licence review, incorporating Richgro's comments and granted the amended licence on 12 February 2018.

A copy of the granted amendment has been published on DWER's website and can be viewed here. The Department has notified stakeholders of its decision.

Under section 102(3)(b) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986, third parties aggrieved by any condition of the amended licence may lodge and appeal direct to the Appeals Convenor within 21 days of the applicant being notified of the amendment. The appeal period commenced on 14 February 2018.

For more information on the appeal process, please contact the Office of the Appeals Convenor on 6567 5190 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

More Information

DWER will update this page as new information comes to hand.

 

Updated 15 December 2017