Anglesea landfill to remain operational until 2024-25

16 June 2017

Surf Coast Shire Council has affirmed its intention to keep the Anglesea landfill open until 2024-25 by continuing to implement $2.37m in planned extension works over the next four years.

The introduction of a range of waste reduction strategies and onsite efficiencies will also support the facility’s ongoing operation within this timeframe.

Mayor Brian McKiterick said Council’s decision was informed by a comprehensive report outlining four future options, from closing the landfill next year to extending its life for another seven years.

“The report looked at the financial, environmental and social pros and cons associated with each option, including the anticipated costs involved in transporting waste to landfill sites outside Surf Coast Shire.

“Maximising Anglesea landfill’s life for as long as possible was the best value strategy by far, estimated at $106 per tonne versus as much as $164 per tonne to close the facility from next year.”

All four options are based on eventually transporting waste to an alternative landfill site. Costings were based on the alternative site being about 100kms from the current landfill. These estimated costs could, however, be significantly lower if an alternative landfill is established closer to Surf Coast Shire, such as that proposed near Stonehaven, only 35km away.

“There is a lot of work that needs to happen to determine if the Stonehaven is an appropriate site or not. Council will write to the Grampians Central West Waste and Recovery Group to urge it to commence the work to investigate the merits of the proposed facility without delay,” Cr McKiterick said.

“Extending Anglesea landfill’s lifespan has the potential to save Council almost $8m over the next 10 years. On the other hand, an early closure would cost us about $2.5m over the same period.”

Council will investigate and prioritise effective waste reduction strategies for implementation, focused on keeping Anglesea landfill in operation until it reaches capacity while minimising any major additional cost impacts on ratepayers.