Media Release
9 August 2013

The WMAA National Landfill Division announced the winners of the 2013 National Landfill & Transfer Stations Innovation and Excellence Awards at the 5th Australian Landfill & Transfer Stations Conference Dinner at SeaWorld last night.

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Run by the WMAA National Landfill Division, the awards were established in 2007 to showcase the best that landfills and transfer stations have to offer, to inform others in the industry and for the general public. They also wish to acclaim those sites that are exceptional and encourage best practice in operations.

A total of 25 submissions from across Australia were received for this year’s awards, from which nine finalists were selected. Judges visited each finalist to complete the assessment of the innovations / facilities.

The awards were judged according to a specific set of criteria by seven respected experts who kindly donated their time and extensive experience: John Phillips (Convenor), Adam Faulkner, Phil Carbins, Marina Wagner, Paula Kemplay, Vincent King and Brian Fox-Lane.

Chair of the WMAA National Landfill Division, Max Spedding said, 'I am extremely pleased that the landfill and transfer station awards were able to be run again this year, the fourth time  since they were initiated in 2007. The number and quality of nominations is a credit to the industry, and demonstrates a continuing commitment to improving environmental performance and customer satisfaction. Congratulations to the winners.

I must also thank the awards organising committee for introducing the innovation category this year.  The diversity of nominations shows that the future of our industry is in safe hands. Finally, I must offer a big thank you to the judges who have taken time from their busy schedules to identify this year’s winners.'

The award winners are:

Landfill Excellence Award:
Buttonderry Waste Management Facility (Wyong Shire Council)

This well located facility includes a small vehicle transfer station, resource recovery facility, a green waste processing facility and also includes the only landfill in the Wyong area.  This is an exceptionally well managed facility and includes environmental protection measures and monitoring systems which go beyond licence requirements.  It manages a broad range of wastes including domestic garbage, commercial and industrial waste, green waste and asbestos.  It is a credit to the management, staff and contractors who operate and obviously take pride in the facility.

To read more about the Buttonderry Waste Management Facility, please click here.

The judges also commended the high quality of the Bundaberg Regional Landfill, which ran a close second in the Landfill Excellence awards process.

Transfer Stations Excellence Award:
Dalby Waste and Recycling Centre (Western Downs Regional Council)

This facility plays a vital role for managing waste streams generated in Dalby and the surrounding areas. By redirecting waste to the Centre, rather than sending it directly to landfill, there is greater opportunity for the recycling and reuse of materials. The judges wish to recognise Western Downs Regional Council for the huge effort and progress made by a small team post-amalgamation from 5 ½ councils into one, and the significant change in waste infrastructure provision and education of their community away from unregulated landfills.  This has the potential to inspire other similar Councils.

To read more about the Dalby Waste and Recycling Centre, please click here.

The judges also wish to commend the other finalists: Molendinar Waste and Recycling Facility (City of Gold Coast) for their social procurement and use of a social enterprise at the site; and Burnie Transfer Station & Resource Recovery Facility (Transpacific) for handling all commercial and municipal waste streams and developing a model of excellence, which could be expanded within their wider region.

Innovation Awards:

  • Genesis Recycling and Landfill Facility (Dial-A-Dump Industries)
    This one-of-a-kind facility utilises cutting edge technology in the recycling plant to process and segregate waste for higher and better use. The re-engineered landfill quarry can receive up to two million tonnes of material per year delivered through a custom engineered chute running from the materials processing centre directly down into the landfill quarry.
  • Prototype of Solar Distillation and Leachate Disposal by Irrigation (Hanson Landfill Services)
    This project utilises solar distillation topartition leachate into an ammonia rich distillate and brine. It uses the natural nitrogen cycle to denitrify the ammonia by using the distillate for irrigation and allowing plants to take up the nitrogen and release nitrogen gas. The system is very low cost, low energy and low maintenance.
  • Rocklea Transfer Station - Waste transfer to landfill efficiency project (REMONDIS Australia)
    The staff at REMONDIS (previously Thiess Services) partnered with AZMEB Global Trailers to research, develop, design and build High Volume Side Tipping trailers. These trailers are able to unload 38 tonnes of waste within 5 minutes compared to a walking floor B-Double combination which would typically require 45 minutes to unload approximately 34 tonnes of waste at landfill.

To read more about these projects, please click here.

The judges also wish to acknowledge Waste Assets Management Corporation's Eastern Creek Leachate Riser Modifications project for exploring alternative methodologies and their diligence in resolving an ongoing issue of leachate management on site

For further information, please contact:
Veronica Dullens
0400 449 100