Overview

Pinegro Products Pty Ltd proposes to upgrade and expand its existing Morwell organic waste processing facility.

The facility is located at 300 Monash Highway Morwell, and is approximately 3.5 km south east of Morwell and 12 km south west of Traralgon.

The facility has been operating for over 25 years at its current location.

Works approval is now being sought to increase compost quantities and process different types of waste.

The full application can be viewed in the 'Supporting documents’ section of this page.

For more information on the works approval process see EPA works approvals (publication 1523.2).

What this application proposes

The upgraded facility will accept up to:

  • 30,000 tonnes per year of pine bark and sawdust
  • 55,000 tonnes per year of combined food organic waste and green organic waste (FOGO)
  • 5,000 tonnes of biosolids
  • 5,000 tonnes of commercial food waste.

The organic wastes will be processed through an enclosed in-vessel composting system that uses an air management system to control the composting process and odours.

The resulting compost will be matured in open air windrows.

Pinegro will continue to process pine bark and sawdust to produce landscape products at a reduced scale.

Each year, the facility will produce up to:

  • 40,000 tonnes of landscape products (potting mix, soils, mulches)
  • 45,000 tonnes of finished compost per year.

The finished compost product will be certified to meet the Australian Standard (AS 4454) for composts.

Pinegro received an amendment to its planning permit from Latrobe City Council in March 2020.

Updates

Works approval granted

On 21 August 2020, the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) granted Pinegro Products Pty Ltd a works approval with conditions to expand and upgrade its organic waste processing facility at 300 Monash Way, Morwell, Victoria 3840.

The expansion will increase the amount of organic waste that can be processed from the current 75,000 tonnes to 95,000 tonnes per year. The upgrade will include an enclosed organic waste receivals and processing building and enclosed composting and odour treatment. The upgrade will reduce risks from pollution and waste.

EPA received 4 submissions during the public comment period. A copy of the works approval, the public submissions and a summary of the assessment can be found in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

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

On 31 July Pinegro Products Pty Ltd granted EPA under Section 67A of the Environment Protection Act (1970) an extension of the assessment time period until 21 August 2020. You can view the 67A document in the 'Supporting documents' section.

Submissions on this works approval are now closed. EPA received 4 submissions from members of the public. You can view these in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

In-lieu of a face to face information session, we encouraged the community to ask questions about the works approval process or Pinegro's proposal here. No questions were posed to either EPA or Pinegro.