Surf Beach Waste Management Facility: expansion of organics area

Project: Expanding the organics area at Surf Beach Waste Management Facility.

Timeframe: July 2021 to June 2023

Cost and funding: Council received $954,000 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:

  • expand and improve our landfill organics area at Surf Beach Waste Management Facility
  • 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 disaster events
  • offset and repair the impacts that the recent disasters have had on Eurobodalla Shire.

Benefits to the community:

  • Increased capacity for kerbside organics disposal and processing.
  • Enhanced resilience to bushfires and other natural disasters.
  • Progress towards introducing FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics), as required by the NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041.
  • Council will be able to continue to meet current operational requirements.

During the 2019/20 summer, residents prepared for ongoing bushfires. Many residents cleared larger amounts than usual or ofganic waste from their properties. The Surf Beach Waste Management Facility was inundated with much of this green waste.

The site quickly filled to capacity, which made it unable to accept the regular kerbside-collected organic waste.

The existing organics area is barely able to meet our current operational requirements. So the purpose of this project is to expand the amount of space available to receive and process organic waste.


Capacity limitations in the existing organics area mean there is a direct and urgent need to finalise these works.

The temporary closure of the facility and diversion of organic waste during the 2019/20 bushfires highlights this need. The necessary temporary closure:

  • raised angst and uncertainty among Eurobodalla's residents
  • resulted in excess organic waste left in residential environments in the face of incoming fires.

Expanding the organics area will increase bushfire resilience. As seen during the 2019/20 bushfires, space to receive, stockpile, and process organics waste is critical.

The facility's current capacity is limited and insufficient to meet regular operational demands. We expect an increase in demand with the uptake of FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics kerbside collection service). This could see volumes increase by as much as 41% (based on statistics from the Department of Planning and Environment's NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041).

These works will:

  • improve capacity and associated infrastructure for receiving and processing organics waste
  • increase the probability that the site is able to maintain operations during or immediately after a natural disaster.

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 released the organics area expansion design tender on Tenderlink.

April 2022

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

March 2022

  • NSW Public Works Advisory released these tenders on Tenderlink:
    • biodiversity assessment
    • Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment.

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: