Surf Beach Waste Management Facility: enabling works for new cell

Project: Constructing a new waste cell and associated enabling works at the Surf Beach Waste Management Facility.

Timeframe: July 2021 to June 2023

Cost and funding: Council received $4,672,922 in grant funding for the approved project from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) under the Bushfire Recovery Program for Council Landfills.

Last updated: June 2022

Project details

We are working to:

  • finalise the construction of a new waste cell and all associated water management system
  • upgrade of the current weighbridge facility
  • increase the efficient and secure access to the receival area and adjacent resource recovery centre.

Benefits to the community:

  • improve Council’s ability to receive and process waste
  • maintain and improve site capacity, security and resilience to bushfires and other natural disasters.

After the 2019/20 bushfires, a significant amount of bushfire waste was disposed of at the Surf Beach Waste Management Facility. This resulted in reduced capacity at this waste facility. Because of this, Council requires an alternative waste solution at least three years earlier than we anticipated.

This project's objectives are to:

  • ensure that Council is able to continue to meet current operational requirements
  • enhance Council's resilience to the impacts of future bushfires and other natural disasters
  • offset and repair the impacts that the recent disasters have had on this waste management facility.


During the 2019/20 bushfires, we were forced to close the facility to the public for an extended period of time. Due to a lack of available processing space, some waste was diverted or sent out of the Eurobodalla Shire. This was inconvenient to the community and had a significant financial cost to Council.

Once we reopened the site was reopened to the public, bottlenecks at the weighbridge and receival area resulted in long queues and wait times. By upgrading this access point we will improve access to the facility and the associated waste collection and recording.

This project involves constructing of a new waste cell and associated enabling works, including:

  • a leachate and sediment management system
  • gas capture and flaring system
  • relevant upgrades to the roads and access/entry points
  • relocating and/or upgrading some onsite infrastructure, including the weighbridge and adjacent structures.

Project updates

We have been planning this project for some time. Here's a summary of activities that have taken place so far:

May 2022

  • NSW Public Works Advisory finalised the concept and scoping works prior to the start of a formal tendering processes.

April 2022

  • UMWELT commenced biodiversity assessments in adjoining areas.
  • Lantern Heritage commenced the Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment in adjoining areas.

March 2022

  • NSW Public Works Advisory commenced work on pre-planning and scoping requirements.

February 2022

  • Council prepared and submitted the project plan to the EPA.

December 2021

  • The EPA executed the Deed of Funding for the approved project.

July 2021

  • Council applied for grant funding from the EPA under the Bushfire Recovery Program for Council Landfills.

More information

For more information please contact Council's Divisional Manager Waste Services, Nathan Ladmore, on: