Recycling Centre Balcatta Redevelopment

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The need to redevelop the Recycling Centre Balcatta (RCB) has been discussed by the City for many years. During this time, a number of significant issues have advanced to the point where many parts of the existing facility are now beyond the end of their useful life and have deteriorated to the point where the facility can only just operate efficiently and safely.

The City has considered many approaches and has developed a concept to redevelop the site which eliminates all existing issues and allows the City to adequately and appropriately manage waste and resources including future industry innovations, changes and improvements.

The proposed redevelopment will include 3 key service areas:

  • Free community drop off.

This is where the community can drop off materials, for recycling or reuse, at no charge.

  • Paid and pass community drop off.

This is where the community can use their tip passes or pay for disposal of waste.

  • Waste Transfer Station.

This is the commercial and bulk waste area of the recycling centre.

In March 2020, Council voted in favour of this plan for a full redevelopment of the facility.

FAQs

What is the objective of the project?

The redevelopment of the Recycling Centre Balcatta (RCB) will achieve the City’s desire for the site to be a modern, sustainable integrated recycling and waste management facility maximising the separation of clean waste streams and minimising the amount of material sent to landfill.

The design will incorporate principles of best practice to satisfy the requirements of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) and the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and meet long term legislative requirements for waste minimisation.

The current facility fails to provide a satisfactory standard of service to the community with limited opportunities and education for the re-use, recycling and recovery of materials.

What is to be included in the redevelopment?

Free community drop-off

This is where the community can drop off materials, for recycling or reuse, at no charge. This area includes the following facilities:

  • Recycle Centre (Tip Shop)
  • Container Deposit Scheme
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Electronic waste
  • Community Recycling (Cardboard, Steel, Polystyrene etc).

Paid and pass community drop off

This is where the community can use their tip passes or pay for disposal of waste. This area includes the following facilities:-

  • Green Waste
  • Inert waste (for example rubble)
  • Mattresses, white goods and tyre recycling
  • General junk and residual waste.

Waste Transfer Station

This is the commercial and bulk waste area of the Recycling Centre and includes:

  • Commercial Waste Transfer
  • Domestic Kerbside Waste Transfer
  • Support for future implementation of FOGO and Waste to Energy.

What are the key design considerations for the redevelopment?

The redevelopment of the existing recycling facility will consider the following key design elements:

  • Health and safety improvements
  • Mitigate environmental risks
  • Improve materials handling efficiencies
  • Improve traffic flows
  • Maximise source separation of materials to minimise landfill
  • Plan for operational flexibility and future expansion provisions.

Will the proposed redevelopment incorporate environmentally sustainable design principles?

Yes. The City will include Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) targets that shall drive the design and construction for the redevelopment.

What comments can I make?

The project team are looking for feedback around functionality and how users interact with the current site, their customer expectation for the site and any issues other than the ones addressed in the concept plan need to be resolved.

When will construction commence?

Construction will commence mid to late 2021.

Will construction have an impact on users of the RCB?

The redevelopment works will be delivered over a number construction phases to minimise disruption to the community and try to keep the site open to the public during construction. Temporary service areas will be established onsite.

Timeline

Concept design development

January 2019

Business Case development

August 2019

Council endorse Recycling Centre Balcatta (RCB) Redevelopment

March 2020

Proposed redevelopment open to community feedback

June 2020

DWER and EPA Environmental approvals submission

July 2020

Award design and construct contract

February 2021

Mid 2021

Construction commences
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Useful documents

Document nameDownloadable files
Recycling Centre Balcatta - Conceptual Layout(PDF)

For more information, please contact Kim Bindon, Facilities, Projects and Assets on (08) 9205 8555.

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