One of Baw Baw Shire council’s largest capital works projects ever undertaken and worth over $5.5 million is now complete.
Baw Baw Shire Mayor Joe Gauci proudly announced the completion of the Trafalgar Landfill Rehabilitation Project last week, a project that consists of a 1.8 metre deep landfill cap comprising of engineered fill, a drainage layer, plastic linings and topsoil.
“Works commenced in 2012 on this highly complex rehabiliation project, which involved a great deal of hard work, extensive collaboration with regulatory bodies, as well as design and works verification with multiple consultants”, Cr Gauci said.
Trafalgar’s Landfill Rehabilitation project traps gases that are produced and prevents rainwater mixing with decaying landfill gas.
Gas is then extracted and treated with the aid of a purpose built system.
Trafalgar Landfill Rehabilitation Project was built to the EPA’s Best Practice landfill guidelines.
“The recently installed gas extraction system will safely release the excess methane gas that is produced by the landfill, under controlled conditions”, Cr Gauci said.
The site once operated as a site for waste disposal between 1964 and 2011, accepting a range of waste products including domestic garbage and commerce waste.
However, council was forced to close the site after concerns of rainfall increasing leachate levels.
According to EPA Victoria (Environmental Protection Authority), several loads of asbestos-contaminated material were also dumped at the site in 2001.
The State Ombudsman investigated the involvement of Victorian Government agencies and local council in the illegal operation in Gippsland.
A representative from Baw Baw Shire council said the Trafalgar based landfill will soon go aftercare mode, where it will be managed for another 30 years to ensure it continues to comply with the EPA’s closed landfill management requirements.
Baw Baw Shire’s Trafalgar Landfill Rehabilitation Project was initially expected to be completed in May of this year but was pushed back because of delays.
Council’s highly anticipated Capital works project was also assigned $533,028 in the 2015/16 budget.