The Eaglehawk landfill, 191-193 Upper California Gully Rd, Eaglehawk, is a Type 2 Landfill, which under EPA licensing is able to accept putrescible waste, asbestos and soils which fall into the categorization of Category C as per EPA specifications. It accepts on average 100,000 tonnes of waste through the gates annually with approximately 20,000 tonnes being transported off site to another landfill. The last active cell on the site was commissioned for use in 2015 and was constructed in accordance with Best Practice Environmental Management Guidelines, as required by the EPA.
The Eaglehawk Landfill is unique for a number of reasons:
- All new landfills are required to have a buffer separation distance of 500m, being licensed in 1975 with some residences already pre-existing the landfill, the separation distance for Eaglehawk is approximately 150m to our closest neighbours.
- Due to the difference in age of the cells at Eaglehawk, each of them needs to be rehabilitated to a different standard as dictated by the license of the day, ranging from 500mm of ‘select fill’ to the inclusions of geo-fabrics and geo-membranes. Given all the cells are interlocking, with the boundaries of the cells being arbitrary at best, this presents challenges of its own.
- Bendigo has been identified as a major regional waste hub by Sustainability Victoria, with the Eaglehawk Landfill accepting waste from Maryborough through to Kyneton. Eaglehawk is one of the only waste disposal facilities left in the regional that accepts commercial traffic. With approximately 3 years left in the active cell and no new landfills being constructed, the question is where to from here?
This site visit will provide insight into the operations of the landfill, the environmental issues of waste disposal in landfills, and the engineering task of the rehabilitation.
Kylie Douglas – Senior Landfill Engineer, City of Greater Bendigo
Kylie commenced work for the City of Greater Bendigo in September 2017 as the Senior Landfill Engineer. The role entails overseeing the operations of the 2 active landfills, one licensed at Eaglehawk and one un-licenced located in Heathcote, 2 transfer stations located at Goornong and Strathfieldsaye and a closed landfill in White Hills. In addition to the above stated work, Kylie also oversees all the rehabilitation design and construction works for all sites, in particular that of White Hills and the Eaglehawk Landfill. Prior to working for Council, Kylie lectured for LaTrobe University for 8 years and oversaw the waste operations for the Mount Alexander Shire (2.5 years).
After the site visit, there will be an opportunity to network during dinner at 6PM at The New Victoria Hotel, 48 High St, Eaglehawk VIC 3556 (TO BE CONFIRMED). Dinner at own expense.
Note: The tour will start 4:00PM sharp. PPE requirements for the visit are fully enclosed walking shoes/safety boots and Hi-vis, with a limited supply of vests on site.
- Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
- Student Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
- Non-Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
Jenna Vine & Peter Fouad
1300 653 113