Past, present and future of Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Table of the history of Red Hill Waste Management


Landfill operations commenced at the southern end of Lot 11 in 1981 and progressed northwards. By 1992 landfill activities on Lot 11 were completed and rehabilitation of that part of the site commenced, continuing until late 1996.

1992 to 1997

Between 1992 and 1997 Lot 1 and the northern end of Lot 2 were used for landfill operations.  Rehabilitation of these areas commenced in late 1997.

From 1997, landfilling operations have been undertaken in the southern part of the site, working in a northerly direction.


In December 1997, EMRC was granted approval to build a facility for Class IV waste.  Construction commenced in 1997, and the first consignment of Class IV waste was received in May 1998.  In 1997, EMRC received a Case Earth Award* in recognition of the project.

Around the same time, EMRC entered into an agreement to receive mobile garbage bin (MGB) greenwaste from the City of Bayswater in order to trial the processing of, and value adding to, the material to create a compost and/or mulch.  The trial is continuing with good results, not least of which is the fact that approximately 7,000 tones of greenwaste per annum is being diverted from landfill.


A greenwaste processing area has been established, which enables over 12,000 tonnes of greenwaste to be diverted from landfill annually. If landfilled, it would have contributed to the generation of leachate, which if allowed to come into contact with groundwater supplies, could contaminate groundwater. In landfill, greenwaste would decompose producing methane, which has 21 times the greenhouse gas potential of carbon dioxide.


Stage 10 of the Class III cell was constructed during 2004. This provided the capacity for waste disposal until 2007-2008. Work also begun on the design for Stage 2 of the Class IV cell.


A major construction project at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility was undertaken, on behalf of EMRC, by Ertech Pty Ltd to provide for additional waste landfill capacity. The project involved constructing a new Class III cell (stage 11) to contain 1.1 million cubic metres of commercial and municipal waste, and a new Class IV cell (stage 2) to contain 300,000 cubic metres of low hazard contaminated soil. Additional leachate ponds are also being constructed as part of this project.


The development of the 'Red Hill Farm' progressed throughout the year in preparation for landfill operations to move there after 2010.

In October 2009, EMRC became the first local government in Australia to receive accreditation under Australian Standard AS4454 (composts, soil conditioners and mulches) for 'mulch compost' manufactured at the EMRC's Red Hill Waste Management Facility. This product is now sold throughout the region.

One of the world's biggest mobile waste compactors was purchased for use at the site in 2009. The new Bomag landfill compactor is a critical piece of equipment used to spread and compact waste, ensuring that the landfill airspace consumed for every tonne of waste received, is minimised. The Bomag BC1772RB2 weighs in at 55 tonnes and is able to handle more than 1,200 tonnes of waste per day.


The construction of 'Red Hill Farm' Stage One was completed during the year in preparation for landfill operations to move there in 2011.

A new shed for the storage of household hazardous waste (HHW) items such as pesticides, solvents, gas bottles, oil paints, vehicle batteries, acids and poisons was constructed at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility during 2010. Equipped with ventilation, power and secure storage units; it provides the capacity to store HHW items out of the weather.

In May, Council resolved that the EMRC would move into the environmental assessment phase for the planned resource recovery facility at the preferred site, EMRC's Red Hill Waste Management Facility.


The Red Hill Waste Management Facility took delivery of EMRC's second 55 tonne Bomag landfill compactor. It will be used to break down and compact refuse to minimise voids and to ensure optimal use of landfill airspace. It achieves optimal compaction after only two passes; ensuring optimum compaction performance at the lowest overall cost.


Following approval by Council at its December 2012 meeting to acquire Lots 8, 9 and 10 at Red Hill from Boral, the Contract of Sale and settlement of the land were being finalised. Council also resolved that the preferred location of the proposed resource recovery facility would be on Lot 8 and an amendment was lodged and approved by the Environmental Protection Authority.

In March 2012 the administration staff at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility moved into the new administration building. The new building is equipped to cater for the increased level of activity at the facility.

2013-   2017

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