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SITA announces plan to upgrade Lucas Heights Resource Recovery Park

25/11/2014
  • Investment in essential waste management and recycling infrastructure
  • $90 million resource recovery facility to divert up to 70% of waste
  • $100 million for community facilities in the Sutherland Shire

SITA has today announced plans to upgrade essential waste management and recycling infrastructure at the Lucas Heights Resource Recovery Park.

SITA has operated the Resource Recovery Park since 2011, helping councils, businesses and residents manage their waste and conserve resources.

“At the Resource Recovery Park, SITA currently processes garden organics into composts, mulches and other products. Where waste is not recycled, it is treated and disposed of in highly engineered landfill cells where gas is then captured to produce enough renewable energy to power 20,000 homes,” said SITA’s Project Director Phil Carbins.

Under the proposal lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment this week, SITA is seeking approval to increase capacity at the New Illawarra Road Landfill by 8.3 million cubic metres and extend operations at the site until 2037.

This will enable SITA to re-profile the landfill’s final surface to enable better rainwater runoff and improve odour management into the future. The landfill’s gas capture system will also be upgraded to further reduce a source of odour and greenhouse gas emissions and increase renewable energy production.

SITA plans to invest in its garden organics operations, including covering the active phases of the composting process for better aeration and odour control. The capacity of the garden organics operation will be increased to a maximum of 80,000 tonnes per year and activities moved to the western side of the site near Heathcote Road, further away from residential areas.

SITA is also seeking approval to build a $90 million state-of-the-art Advanced Resource Recovery Technology facility in the future.

“The proposed facility would process up to 200,000 tonnes of waste per year and convert household waste into compost and alternative fuels and divert up to 70% of waste from landfill,” Mr Carbins said.

Mr Carbins said as part of the proposal, the company has agreed a Voluntary Planning Agreement with Sutherland Shire Council and has committed to ensuring the Resource Recovery Park maintains its high environmental standards.

Following the closure of the Lucas Heights Resource Recovery Park in 2037, the site will be rehabilitated into parklands within two years and ultimately returned to the community for everyone to enjoy in a similar way to the Ridge Golf Course and Sports Complex at Menai which was developed on the site of the old Lucas Heights landfill.

SITA will also contribute $100 million in funding over 15 years to Sutherland Shire Council which will be used by Council to fund a range of new projects and facility upgrades in the Sutherland Shire,” Mr Carbins added.

SITA is committed to actively engaging and listening to the community throughout the planning process and community consultation on the project is now underway.

“Community and stakeholder engagement is and will continue to be an integral part of our operations in the Sutherland Shire and we encourage the local community to have their say on this proposal during the public consultation period,” said Mr Carbins.

“We will also continue to seek input from the community through the Lucas Heights Community Reference Group which is made up of local residents and business neighbours and meets regularly to discuss our operations,” he added.

SITA is offering interested community members guided tours of the Lucas Heights Resource Recovery Park.

For more information about the proposal, details on community information sessions or to provide feedback, visit www.sita.com.au/lucasheights.

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CONTACT: SITA Media Office on (02) 8775 5527.

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