Updated: 24 May, 2022

Current Status

Work has continued to ensure the facility upgrade meets Tasmanian regulatory and environmental legislation and best practices. A Notice of Intent proposal for the facility upgrade was submitted to EPA Tasmania who classified it as a Class 2B project under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act (EMPC Act), with a requirement to complete a comprehensive Environmental Effects Report (EER).

EPA Tasmania has completed its initial review of the EER which led to requests for additional information, including odour disbursement modelling. Once the modelling is completed, the EER will be updated and the public review and comment period will be opened at EPA discretion.

Comments made on the EER will be considered by EPA Tasmania as a requirement of the EMPC Act and will inform its assessment of the facility upgrade project. Instructions on how to review the facility upgrade EER and provide comment will be made available on the EPA Tasmania website:

epa.tas.gov.au/working-together/public-consultations

Project funding

The upgrade project is being majority-funded by the four Local Councils as owners of the Dulverton Landfill and Composting Facility. The Local Government contribution uses a combination of reserved funds and approved borrowings.

In April 2021, the Tasmanian Liberal Government committed $3M of state funds to the DOT project’s construction. The Federal Government has also recently confirmed Regional Recovery Partnership funding for the facility upgrade of $6M.

Project Overview

Dulverton Waste Management is undertaking a project to upgrade our composting facility and provide best practice leachate and odour control.

Our plans are designed to improve how we make compost and do not change or increase what is permitted under our existing EPA licence.

The upgrade will transform the existing open-air compost system into an enclosed, fully controlled environment to remove odours, safely process leachate and improve the way Tasmania manages the processing of organic waste into nutrient-rich compost.

A Development Permit was approved by Kentish Council in February 2020 and an Expression of Interest process seeking design and construction proposals was completed mid-2020. In March 2021, after a detailed Request for Tender assessment, DWM engaged COVA-Haywards in an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) agreement to progress detailed design of the facility upgrade.

The ECI period is a detailed and iterative phase of the design where DWM and the contractor work closely together to ensure our project objectives are met.

The project is working to approve a Contract to Construct by the end of 2022 and for the upgraded facility to be complete and commissioned 12 months later.

The planned upgrades will deliver best practice leachate and odour management while continuing to meet the Australian Standard for Compost, Soil Conditioners and Mulches AS4454:2012 and any EPA Tasmania licence requirements. Compost is also produced in accordance with the DWM Environmental Management System.

The compost facility upgrade creates potential to process other industry and municipal input stock including food and garden organics (FOGO) collected via kerbside services.

Note: concept image shown without roof to allow an interior view.

Features of the new facility:

  • Fully enclosed facility with aeration and water management systems to safely remove excess moisture and control the effect of rain
  • Receiving and processing equipment will be specific to the different types and formats of organics inputs, enabling the safe and efficient handling of biosolids, garden organics, residential and business food organics, food processing by-products, agricultural waste, and packaged food among others
  • Compost will be produced in enclosed tunnels, with aeration, air filtration, and liquid capture and treatment systems embedded in the design.
  • The new facility will be constructed within the existing outdoor composting site footprint

In late January 2020, a specialised windrow turner with irrigation began operating on the existing, open-air compost piles. This equipment is already delivering environmental benefits by providing full aeration and moisture-balance of the compost to assist the natural decomposition process. The windrow turner will continue to be used throughout the upgrade program.

Keep up to date

If you would like to receive email updates on the Dulverton Organics Transformation project, please contact us on 6424 7344 or via email to admin@dulverton.com.au

Media Resources:

Composting Facility Upgrade Concept Image (without roof to allow an interior view).

Composting Facility Upgrade Concept Video (External Flyover).

Composting Facility Upgrade Concept Video (Internal Flyover).

Newsletters:

Download a copy of DOT Project Update – Newsletter November 2021

Download a copy of the DOT Project Update – Newsletter July 2021 here.

Interesting Links:

The Advocate story – Kentish Council to review plans for Dulverton upgrade

ABC Interview – click here (scroll to 1 minute, 20 seconds)

Note: Concept image shown without roof to allow an interior view.

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