Overview

Latrobe City Council (LCC) proposes to extend its existing Hyland Highway landfill facility, located at 64 Hyland Highway, Loy Yang, VIC 3844.

The facility has been operating for 10 years at its current location under EPA Licence No. 25565. It is permitted to dispose putrescible waste, solid inert waste, asbestos of domestic origin, and shredded tyres to be deposited to land and for asbestos of a domestic origin to be stored temporarily on site.

A copy of the works approval application can be viewed in the ‘Supporting documents’ section.

For more information on EPA's works approval process see EPA publication 1523.3.

Works approval granted

EPA has assessed and issued a works approval to Latrobe City Council to extend its existing Hyland Highway Landfill. The approval allows for:

  • the continued disposal of the same types of wastes currently landfilled in four new landfill cells
  • 4.56 hectares of additional landfilling within the licenced landfill premises, with an additional 695, 000 cubic metres of airspace
  • allows space for 9 years of landfilling (from 2024 to 2033) to bring it commensurate with the planning permit.

If you object to the issuing of the works approval or its conditions, you may have the decision reviewed by applying in writing within 21 days of the date of issue to:

Registrar, Planning and Environment Division
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
7th Floor, 55 King Street, Melbourne

An application fee may be applicable when lodging an appeal with VCAT. Contact VCAT on 03 9628 9777 for further details on fees associated with an appeal. A copy of the appeal should also be forwarded, within seven days of lodgement, to:

Manager, Development Assessments Unit
Environment Protection Authority Victoria
GPO Box 4395, Melbourne 3001

Previous updates

Submissions on this works approval have closed. EPA received four submissions from members of the public, and four referral responses from other agencies.

You can view the submissions and referral responses received in the supporting documents section of this page.

Public Information Session

A drop-in information session is being held onsite at Hyland Highway Landfills education centre.

Date: 7 October

Time: 3pm - 7.30pm

Directions: Drive to Hyland Highway Landfill weighbridge. From here, Latrobe City Council staff will be on hand to direct you to the education centre.

What does the application propose?

The works approval allows the council to continue its landfilling operations at the site beyond January 2024.

The proposed extension would create four new cells (approximately 695, 000 m3 of landfill air space)

  • providing an additional nine years of landfilling at the site
  • allowing landfilling to occur up to February 2033

commensurate with the planning permission held by LCC.

The proposed extension would be within the licenced premise’s boundary and to an area previously approved for landfilling in 2008 (under WA61581) which was later reduced in 2010 at the request of LCC.

There would be no change to waste streams currently disposed at the existing landfill.

EPA’s Assessment

EPA’s assessment of Latrobe City Council’s works approval application included:

  • advertising the WAA, on 18 September 2019, for an extended 31-day community consultation period and was referred to statutory and non-statutory agencies for review
  • holding on 8 October 2019, a drop in information session on the WAA at the Hyland Highway Landfill Education Centre
  • considering submissions from the community and to statutory and non-statutory agency referral responses received
  • completing technical assessments of how the WAA meets the Environment Protection Act (EP Act), relevant policies and best practice guidelines for landfills, with key issues being odour, landfill gas, groundwater and leachate.

The EPA’s assessment found that Latrobe City Council’s works approval application:

  • is not expected to negatively impact on the health of those living or working near the landfill
  • is suitably located
  • meets international landfill best-practice standards
  • is not expected to cause pollution
  • complies with the relevant government landfill and environmental guidelines and policies.

For a comprehensive outline of the assessment, read the works approval application assessment report (PDF 11MB –large file).

Next steps and how can the community stay informed?

  • The relevant conditions in the works approval have to be met before and during the construction of each landfill cell and leachate pond.
  • Latrobe City Council must get an EPA licence to begin disposing of waste into the proposed cells. A new licence or licence amendment is needed each time the council wants to begin filling a new cell or if it wants to change any aspect of its operations.
  • Latrobe City Council will need to provide the necessary financial assurance sum in accordance with EPA guidelines and as agreed with EPA before it can dispose of any waste.

Current and future statutory documents (such as licences) and any regulatory activities (such as annual performance statements) relating to the Hyland Highway Landfill will be made available on EPA’s website. If Latrobe City Council applies for a licence amendment or a works approval in the future, EPA will publicise the applications and consult with the community.