Suez works approval application

Suez Recycling and Recovery Pty Ltd (Suez) operates a landfill that is licensed to accept municipal waste in Hampton Park, in Melbourne's south east.

Suez has been operating the landfill for more than 20 years, and now needs to relocate their leachate ponds.

The site for the new leachate ponds falls outside of the existing works approval boundary, and is not allowed by the current council planning permit. Prior to construction of the new leachate ponds, Suez will need a works approval, and an updated council planning permit.

The works approval application was accepted on 28 March 2019. It was advertised on 10 April 2019.

VCAT appeal

An application for review of EPA's works approval decision has been lodged with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

VCAT orders were issued in September 2019. Now that this application has been lodged with VCAT, the decision is suspended until the application is withdrawn or the review is determined.

EPA notes the VCAT hearing process is established and controlled by VCAT - EPA does not set the timeframes or requirements for VCAT reviews.

As the matter is now before VCAT, EPA cannot comment on the works approval.

Amended works approval

Works Approval 202316 for Suez Recycling and Recovery Pty Ltd has been amended as per VCAT Orders received in relation to Proceeding P1952/2019. The matter is now resolved and completed.

You can view the amendment documents in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

The works approval application proposes moving the landfill operation's leachate ponds to a new location next door to the existing landfill site.

Suez proposes constructing new leachate ponds to the immediate south of the landfill. This part of the site is the furthest from existing residential areas around the landfill.

A planning permit from the City of Casey is also required.

The submission period for this works approval application closed on 8 May 2019. During this time, EPA received 4 submissions, which are available to view in the supporting documents section of this page.

EPA issued Suez Recycling & Recovery Pty Ltd with a Section 22 notice for further information on 11 June 2019. The notice required the application to provide a formal response to the submissions received. Suez provided their response on the 20 June. The response can be viewed in the supporting documents section of this page.

EPA has issued a works approval for the construction of new storage ponds and a treatment plant for leachate at the Hallam Road landfill.

The leachate ponds are proposed to be built next door to the existing landfill, as far as possible from existing residential areas nearby. Planning approval is still required from the City of Casey.

An application for a review of the decision has been lodged with VCAT.

More details can be found in the supporting documents section.