Up to $250k for rural landfill operators to install geomembranes in landfill cells.
17 recipients shared in $3.87 million to help rural landfill operators to transition to best practice standards.
The successful recipients are listed below.
|Applicant||Type of organisation||Landfill name||Funding amount|
|Wangaratta Rural City Council||Local government||Bowser||$250,000|
|Moira Shire Council||Local government||Cobram Landfill||$250,000|
|Surf Coast Shire Council||Local government||Anglesea Landfill||$250,000|
|Mount Alexander Shire Council||Local government||Castlemaine Landfill||$250,000|
|East Gippsland Shire Council||Local government||Bairnsdale Regional Landfill (Cell 3)||$200,865|
|Benalla Rural City Council||Local government||Benalla Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre||$223,875|
|Glenelg Shire Council||Local government||Portland Landfill||$106,080|
|South Gippsland Shire Council||Local government||Koonwarra Landfill||$250,000|
|Ellwaste (Elliott Holdings) (Shire of Campaspe)||Commercial||Patho Landfill||$250,000|
|Bass Coast Shire Council||Local government||Grantville||$250,000|
|Greater Shepparton City Council||Local government||Cosgrove||$250,000|
|Wellington Shire Council||Local government||Kilmany Landfill||$199,550|
|Corangamite Shire Council||Local government||Corangamite Regional Landfill||$250,000|
|Mitchell Shire Council||Local government||Mitchell Landfill||$211,000|
|Statewide Waste Pty Ltd (North Grampians Shire)||Commercial||Stawell & Ararat Regional Landfill||$186,953|
|Horsham Rural City Council||Local government||Dooen Landfill||$250,000|
|Latrobe City Council||Local government||Hyland Highway Landfill||$250,000|
The Victorian Government has rolled out a $3.5 million package that will help rural landfill operators to transition to best practice standards. The Transition support to improve rural landfill infrastructure program consists of a $3m funding program, Transition Support to Improve Rural Landfill Infrastructure, and $500,000 for the Environment Protection Authority Victoria to undertake a financial and environmental risk assessment of rural landfills.
Eligible landfill operators
Operators of rural licensed putrescible landfills within municipal districts that are not listed in Schedule C of the Environment Protection Act 19705 and:
- that accept more than 20,000 tonnes per annum6 of waste and which are required to install a geomembrane landfill cell liner in accordance with the 2010 Landfill BPEM, or
- that accept less than 20,000 tonnes per annum7 of waste and which are required to install a geomembrane landfill cell liner because they do not meet the criteria to be classified as a ‘low-risk rural landfill’ as defined in the 2010 Landfill BPEM (refer to Section 6.12 of the Landfill BPEM).
Transition support to improve rural landfill infrastructure program funding will be provided:
- retrospectively to operators who have installed a Type 2 Landfill BPEM-compliant geomembrane that was approved and installed after the release of the new Landfill BPEM in September 2010 and where the Landfill BPEM-compliant geomembrane was the first compliant geomembrane to be installed at the specified landfill, or
- for new Type 2 Landfill BPEM-compliant geomembranes that are required under the Landfill BPEM and that are planned or are currently being installed. Installation of new Type 2 Landfill BPEM-compliant geomembranes must commence before September 2013. The Landfill BPEM-compliant geomembrane must be the first compliant geomembrane to be installed at the specified landfill; and
- only where the landfill cell that has/will have the geomembrane installed has been approved by the EPA in accordance with the licence conditions of the site and the Landfill BPEM.
Transition support to improve rural landfill infrastructure program funding priority will be given to applicants on the basis of the following factors which are equally weighted:
- operators of landfills where the installation of a Landfill BPEM-compliant geomembrane causes a large financial impact to the local community using the specified landfill. The financial impact will be determined by considering the additional landfill cell geomembrane installation cost per head of population serviced by the landfill.
- operators of landfills who are local governments and whose financial sustainability will be most threatened by the additional cost associated with installation of the Landfill BPEM-compliant geomembrane.
What will be funded?
$3 million in funding support is available through the Transition support to improve rural landfill infrastructure program. Funding is available up to a maximum of $250,000 per recipient towards the additional construction costs (retrospective and prospective) associated with installing a geomembrane to a new landfill cell to meet Landfill BPEM compliance.
Transition support to improve rural landfill infrastructure program funding will be restricted to the additional costs associated with the installation of a Landfill BPEM compliant geomembrane, over and above the cost of constructing a landfill cell. Eligible costs include those associated with the installation of a Landfill BPEM-compliant geomembrane including the material cost of the geomembrane, testing, installation, and auditing.
Transition support to improve rural landfill infrastructure program funding will be limited to the costs associated with installing one Landfill BPEM-compliant geomembrane per landfill.
Transition support to improve rural landfill infrastructure program funding will be provided as a single payment towards the installation cost of a Landfill BPEM compliant geomembrane:
- only once all costs associated with installing a Landfill BPEM-compliant geomembrane have been incurred. Evidence of expenditure will be required from applicants to demonstrate costs incurred before payment is made, and
- upon written notification that an EPA-approved auditor has confirmed the geomembrane meets the 2010 Landfill BPEM.
Ineligible project activities and costs
The following costs and activities will not be funded through the Transition support to improve rural landfill infrastructure program:
- landfill capping and rehabilitation costs
- other costs associated with meeting or maintaining management of landfills to the Landfill BPEM
- the costs to construct a landfill cell up to the point where a geomembrane is required
- land acquisition, land surveying or permit application processes
- costs of equipment not dedicated to the project purpose (e.g. vehicles, machinery)
- project management costs associated with construction of the landfill cell (excluding the installation and associated testing of the geomembrane) e.g. construction supervision costs
- contingency costs.
Landfills that fall outside the scope of the project will not be funded through the Transition support to improve rural landfill infrastructure program, including those:
- based in metropolitan Melbourne or major provincial centres as specified in Schedule C of the Environment Protection Act
- that accept only hazardous waste
- that accept only solid inert waste
- where Landfill BPEM-compliant geomembrane installation commences after September 2013
- accepting less than 20,000 tonnes of waste per annum that are considered a ‘low-risk rural landfill’ in accordance with the Landfill BPEM.
There are only limited number of grants awarded through the Transition support to improve rural landfill infrastructure program. Contact us to see how we can maximise the potential of your application. Transition support to improve rural landfill infrastructure program applications close at 3pm Thursday 19 April 2012.