A range of environmental monitoring is conducted at Summerhill Waste Management Centre (SWMC) in an effort to measure any impacts that the operations at the Centre may have on the environment. The type and frequency of monitoring conducted is specified by the Centre’s Environment Protection Licence (EPL No. 5897), which is administered by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). A copy of the EPL can be viewed on the EPA’s website (select the 'Licences' option and then type '5897' against 'Licence number').
A summary of the monitoring program and results specified by the Environment Protection Licence are detailed in each of the sections below.
Pollution Incident Response Management Plan
The purpose of the plan is to guide responses to a pollution incident in an effort to minimise harm to health, environment and ensure Council meets its reporting and notification obligations.
Dust Deposition Monitoring
Dust deposition monitoring is conducted at Summehill in an effort to assess the contribution of site operations to dust fallout in the surrounding area.
Council established a groundwater monitoring program at Summerhill in 1993 to monitor the water quality prior to landfilling and to allow identification of potential impacts on groundwater quality and levels once landfilling commenced.
Landfill Gas Monitoring
The subsurface gas monitoring program for Summerhill was established to monitor the effectiveness of landfilling operations, particularly waste encapsulation and containment methods.
Surface Water Management
Council established surface monitoring at Summerhill in 1991 to monitor the water quality prior to landfilling and to allow identification of potential impacts on surface water quality and levels once landfilling commenced.
Environmental Monitoring Map
A comprehensive range of both mandatory and voluntary environmental monitoring is undertaken at the Summerhill Waste Management Centre.