This page has been updated as of 7:50am 27 March 2020.
The NSW and Federal Government have agreed to clean up properties damaged by bushfires at no cost to the owner. For more information go to NSW Bushfire Clean-up Contractor
Prior to removing waste in bushfire affected areas residents are reminded:
- Building waste generated by a bushfire often contains contaminated material like asbestos. A damage assessment must be undertaken.
- To ensure their insurers are advised and have conducted their assessment and approved waste removal.
- No asbestos is to be handled by unqualified people to ensure their and the community’s safety
- Council has been advised that Public Works are co-ordinating the removal of waste for uninsured owners – contact Service NSW on 13 77 88
- Insurance Companies may also fund or co-ordinate the removal of waste for insured owners
Private Property Bushfire Clean Up Project
- The State Government will take responsibility for managing and funding all clean up works on insured and uninsured structures affected by the bushfires.
- The State Government will prepare and enter into a Plain English deed with each property owner outlining the clean-up operation in concise and simple terms.
- The State Government will ensure that a certified asbestos contractor will issue the site clearance to certify that all sites are “clean” and asbestos free at the conclusion of the site works.
- The State Government will monitor air quality at nominated urban locations until these locations are cleaned up. The results of the monitoring will be publicly available via a website as determined by the State Government.
- The State Government will fund the establishment and operation of a temporary “Building Waste Sorting Facility” at the West Nowra Waste Facility.
- All site material that is free of asbestos (ie clean waste) in the Shoalhaven will transported to the West Nowra Waste Facility where is will be sorted by Council staff and recycled (approx. 60%) or landfilled (approx. 40%). The State Government will pay Council the landfill gate fee minus the Stage Government Levy which has been waived by the State Government. The payment of gate fees will cover the cost to restore landfill space as a result of the bushfire.
- The State Government will transport all Asbestos Containing Material to a facility outside the Shoalhaven for safe disposal and all costs will be met by the State Government.
In accordance with safe work practice and licencing provisions, asbestos waste can only be received by Council as follows;
- West Nowra (small hand loadable loads and large loads that are contained in certified bags for transport and confinement of "Packaging Group III" solid dangerous goods)
- Ulladulla (small hand loadable loads ONLY)
- Large loads must be booked in advance
Council’s “Asbestos Safe Disposal Guide” is full of useful information and can be found at: https://shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/Environment/Waste-and-recycling
Council cannot accept asbestos material (properly bagged or otherwise) at our smaller transfer stations and cannot accept large asbestos loads at Ulladulla.
If the depot operator considers that there is a potential for asbestos to be in a load taken to a small transfer station (i.e. Lake Conjola) or large load taken to Ulladulla the customer will be advised on how to dispose of the load.
Illegal dumping of asbestos is a very serious matter.
Council recognises that the clean-up efforts have begun at various locations and is offering free disposal of any green waste (<150mm in diameter) to assist these efforts.
All green waste (<150mm in diameter) (whether it has been generated as a result of the bushfire or not) can be disposed of free of charge at any Council facility until the close of business on Thursday, 30 April 2020.
Please check below for your nearest depot and operating hours.
Management Plan for bushfire impacted waste
The State Government has appointed a contractor, Laing O’Rourke Australia, to clean up bushfire affected properties. The contractor will utilise the property assessment provided by the RFS or Public Works to determine the way forward.
If the property is impacted by asbestos materials or other contaminants:
- Laing O’Rourke will appoint a certified asbestos contractor to remove all the waste material from the property to a point where they are able to certify that it is free of asbestos
- The asbestos contaminated material will be loaded into a truck and transported to either Woodlawn or Windellima, both landfills licensed to accept friable asbestos, for safe disposal
If no asbestos is present at the property:
- Laing O’Rourke will appoint a local contractor to remove the waste and clean up the property
- The waste will be loaded into trucks and transported to the West Nowra Landfill
- At West Nowra the fire impacted waste materials will be processed through a sorting facility in order to remove and recover as many recyclable materials as possible. The facility will include:o Mobile picking station
o Slow Speed Waste Shredder Hire
o Waste handler - 20-24 tonne
o 2 x Screens (trommel, vibratory or star)
o Density separator
o Demolition Shears for existing 40t excavator
o Temporary shed structure for receival hall
- The remaining materials, anticipated to be mainly ash and fines that have potentially been contaminated by chemicals, will be landfilled
We Are Ready!
The State Government contractor (Laing O’Rourke) given the job to clean up bushfire affected properties, will bring all non-asbestos contaminated waste to West Nowra landfill. Council have plant and equipment ready to sort through and recycle as much of the waste as possible.
Flood Impacted Waste
Multiple homes and properties have been inundated by flood waters from the recent rain event, particularly at Shoalhaven Heads and Lake Conjola and possibly others. This creates the potential for health risk if waste is left in-situ for prolonged periods.
To assist residents affected by flooding Council will implement the flood waste disposal plan in specific areas.
From Wednesday 12th February to Tuesday the 31st March 2020 Flood Waste Disposal will be free of charge at West Nowra, Huskisson and Ulladulla depots.
To have access to the free disposal customers will be required to provide the following details:
- Address of the property where the flooding occurred
- Contact phone number