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Lot 501 Adelaide Street—Hazelmere

Background

The WA Recycling site, located at Lot 501 Adelaide Street in Hazelmere, operates as an inert solid waste depot, a landfill and liquid waste facility and a construction and demolition recycling facility licenced by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER)* under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act).

DWER has received a number of complaints, mainly relating to dust being tracked out of Lot 501 by trucks leaving the site. 

 * The former Department of Environment Regulation amalgamated on 1 July 2017 with the Department of Water and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority, forming the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

 

What Is Happening Now?

Dust issues

Investigations by DWER and local government officers have identified that mud being tracked out of WA Recycling by vehicles appears to be the main cause of dust impacts on residences in Adelaide Street.

To prevent mud/dust being tracked off-site, it is important to have an effective wheel wash to clean truck wheels prior to leaving the site. WA Recycling installed a new wheel wash in April 2017 and it was assessed by DWER officers on 3 May 2017 who identified that it needed improvements. 

WA Recycling agreed to implement a number of improvements which have been completed, including regular cleaning and replacement of the wheel wash water, extension of the rumble strips at the entry and exit of the wheel wash, and sealing of internal roadway with asphalt. These changes should make it much easier to prevent mud being tracked out of the premises. DWER will continue to monitor the performance.

Dust monitoring program

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New wheel wash and rumble strips 

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Newly sealed internal roadway

DWER—in conjunction with the Shire of Kalamunda—conducted a two-week dust monitoring program in May 2017. A dust monitor and a surveillance camera were installed at a residence on Adelaide Street close to WA Recycling.The data showed 102 short duration (less than ten minutes) ‘dust events’ recorded over the two weeks.

Analysis of the data recorded by the equipment indicated that the main source of dust was from vehicles    using Adelaide Street that were causing dust on the road to lift off. Inspections and observations by      DWER officers revealed that the source of the dust on the roadway was primarily from vehicles tracking    mud out of WA Recycling.

Since the commencement of this study, WA Recycling has commissioned a new truck wheel wash and sealed internal roads with asphalt which is intended to reduce mud being tracked out of the premises.

The full report can be accessed here.

Late night truck movements

DWER investigated complaints about late night truck movements on Adelaide Street. These were found not to relate to Lot 501 and were referred to the City of Swan and Main Roads WA. Any further complaints about late night truck movements on Adelaide Street should be made to the City of Swan  .

Insecure loads

From February to April 2017, DWER officers and Shire of Kalamunda rangers carried out patrols along Adelaide Street to target trucks with insecure loads. DWER has issued three infringements, under the Litter Regulations, to truck drivers for insecure loads.

Licence

DWER amended WA Recycling's licence on 28 November 2016 to impose stricter dust control conditions. WA Recycling appealed some of the amendments relating to dust management conditions.

On 10 July 2017, the Minister for Environment determined to dismiss WA Recycling's appeal.

Following the Minister's appeal determination, the conditions appealed are now in effect. However, a number of conditions included dates by which actions must be taken by WA Recycling. A number of these dates passed while the appeal was being determined. DWER is now amending the licence further to ensure that WA Recycling is provided with a reasonable period in which to comply.

DWER is also undertaking a full risk-based review of the licence which will consider planning matters (in accordance with DWER guidance statements).

Finalisation of the licence review will depend on the completion of the current planning processes being dealt with by planning authorities.

Asbestos Testing

Under the conditions of the EP Act licence, WA Recycling is required to test its products for asbestos in accordance with Guidelines for managing asbestos at construction and demolition waste recycling facilities (DER 2012). 

A review of the results of 93 samples submitted for analysis in 2017 showed that all samples were negative for the presence of asbestos fibres and one small piece of non-friable asbestos cement material was found. ‘Non friable’ means that the material can easily be reduced to powder when crushed by hand.

The licence also requires the licensee to undertake activities in accordance with an Asbestos Management Plan.

DWER officers conducted an unannounced visit to WA Recycling in Hazelmere on 25 November 2016 to assess the site for the potential presence of asbestos.

They assessed 40 individual (3m by 3m) investigation areas as well as representative sampling of the material within each stockpile. The total area assessed was approximately 360 square metres and 16 samples of material from the stockpiles were collected for laboratory analysis. No asbestos fibres were found in any of the 16 stockpile samples sent for analysis.

During the sampling, four small pieces of suspected asbestos cement material were found by DWER officers on the site and were analysed at a NATA accredited laboratory. Three of these pieces were found to be non-friable asbestos cement material. 

Officers also assessed the roadside at the entrance of the site and took samples of the soil. No asbestos material or fibres were detected.

The results of the assessment and sampling indicate that there was not a risk to public health from asbestos at the site.

Prevention Notice

DWER has served a Prevention Notice on Lot 501 – WA Recycling. The notice relates to waste material that has been deposited outside the boundary and required WA Recycling to cease discharging, storing and/or disposing of waste outside the premises boundary. 

DWER officers attended the site on 8 June 2017 and confirmed that the waste had been removed from outside the premises boundary in compliance with the Prevention Notice.

More Information

DWER will update this page as new information comes to hand.

Dust complaints, which are best lodged at the time they are being experienced, can be made to DWER’s 24-hour Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 or you can submit a report online.

Alternatively, contact DWER for more information by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DWER also regulates other premises in Adelaide Street Hazelmere, including the Wasterock Pty Ltd facility which has a Community Update page here.


Updated  27 October 2017