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WA Recycling—Hazelmere

Background

G & G Corp Asset Management Pty Ltd, trading as WA Recycling located at Lot 501 Adelaide Street in Hazelmere, operates as an inert solid waste depot, a landfill and liquid waste facility and a construction and demolition recycling facility licenced by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER)* under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) - (Licence L8622/2012/2).

DWER has received a number of complaints, mainly relating to dust being tracked out of Lot 501 by trucks leaving the site. 

 * 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?

Dust issues

Lot501 Hazelmere 1

New wheel wash and rumble strips 

Lot501 Hazelmere 2

Newly sealed internal roadway

DWER—in conjunction with the Shire of Kalamunda—conducted a two-week dust monitoring program in May 2017. A dust monitor and a surveillance camera were installed at a residence on Adelaide Street close to WA Recycling. They recorded 102 short duration (less than 10 minutes) ‘dust events’.

Analysis indicated the main source of dust was from vehicles using Adelaide Street causing dust to lift off the road. Inspections and observations by DWER officers revealed the source of the dust on the roadway was primarily from vehicles tracking mud out of WA Recycling. The full report can be accessed here.

To prevent mud/dust being tracked off-site, it is important to have an effective wheel wash to clean truck wheels prior to leaving the site. WA Recycling installed a new wheel wash in April 2017 and it was inspected by DWER officers on 3 May 2017 who identified that it needed improvement. 

WA Recycling agreed to implement a number of actions that have been completed, including regular cleaning and replacement of the wheel wash water, extension of the rumble strips at the entry and exit of the wheel wash, and sealing of internal roadways with asphalt. These changes aim to make it much easier to prevent mud being tracked out of the premises.

Late night truck movements

DWER has investigated complaints about late night truck movements on Adelaide Street. These were found not to relate to Lot 501 and were referred to the City of Swan and Main Roads WA. Any further complaints about late night truck movements on Adelaide Street should be made to the City of Swan via (08) 9267 9267 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Insecure loads

From February to April 2017, DWER officers and Shire of Kalamunda rangers carried out patrols along Adelaide Street to target trucks with insecure loads. DWER has issued three infringements, under the Litter Regulations, to truck drivers for insecure loads.

Licence

DWER amended WA Recycling's licence on 28 November 2016 to impose stricter dust control conditions. WA Recycling appealed some of the amendments relating to dust management conditions.

On 10 July 2017, the Minister for Environment dismissed WA Recycling's appeal.

Following the Minister's appeal determination, the appealed conditions are now in effect. A number of conditions included dates by which actions must be taken by WA Recycling; and some of these dates passed while the appeal was being investigated. On 27 October 2017, DWER amended the licence to ensure that WA Recycling was provided with a reasonable period in which to comply.

DWER had previously committed to undertaking a full risk-based review of the licence. However, DWER considers that the review is no longer required as the amended licence conditions will mitigate dust emissions along Adelaide Street. DWER will continue to monitor compliance with the licence conditions.

Planning matters

On 6 February 2018, the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) affirmed the refusal of the development application from the licensee (G & G Corp Asset Management Pty Ltd) for the filling and rehabilitation of a former sand quarry using construction and demolition waste materials to be brought to and, in part, crushed and screened at the site.

The SAT determined that the crushing and screening of construction and demolition waste materials proposed in the development application were prohibited activities in the General Rural zone under the City of Swan Local Planning Scheme No. 17, which includes the subject site of Lot 501 Adelaide Street.

Further queries in relation to the SAT outcome should be directed to the City of Swan.

Prevention Notice

In December 2016, DWER served a Prevention Notice on Lot 501 – WA Recycling. The notice relates to waste material that has been deposited outside the boundary and required WA Recycling to cease discharging, storing and/or disposing of waste outside the premises boundary. The Notice was complied with.

Proposed relocation of activities to new premises

On 9 August 2018, G & G Corp Asset Management Pty Ltd submitted an application for a works approval (W6166/2018/1) for Lot 144 Talbot Road, Hazelmere for a Category 13, 61 and 62 Resource Recovery Centre. The application proposed to transfer operations from Lot 501 to this new Hazelmere location. The application will be subject to a risk-based assessment process, which will determine the overall acceptability of the proposal and appropriate regulatory controls.

DWER will review all feedback on the application after the public comment period closes in mid-October.

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More Information

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

Dust complaints, which are best lodged at the time they are being experienced, can be made to DWER’s 24-hour Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 or you can submit a report online.

Alternatively, contact DWER for more information by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DWER also regulates other premises in Adelaide Street Hazelmere, including the Wasterock Pty Ltd facility which has a Community Update page here.


Updated  26 October 2018