Rule 9 Refuse disposal and composting
The discharge of any contaminants into or onto land in connection with:
(1) refuse disposal at farm (including factory farms) landfills or domestic (residential) waste disposal sites; and
(2) farm composting operations (including factory farms) and domestic composting operations;
is a Permitted Activity provided:
(a) for composting, the discharge shall consist only of green wastes, and shall contain no hazardous substances;
(b) for refuse disposal, the discharge shall consist only of household or farm wastes generated on that property and shall contain no hazardous substances;
(c) the discharge shall occur no less than 20 m from any surface water body, from any bore used for drinking water supply, or from the coastal marine area;
(d) the base of the disposal area shall be no less than 1 m above the highest level of the water table;
(e) there shall be no windblown litter from the site; and
(f) no more than six months after the closure of the discharge site, the site shall be rehabilitated to a condition which is compatible with surrounding land uses, and does not constitute a greater hazard than the surrounding land with respect to landslip and subsidence.
Explanation Rule 9 applies to composting operations and the on-site disposal of household and farm wastes. The terms "farm wastes", "farm landfills", "composting", "farm composting" and "green wastes" are defined in Section 3 of this Plan. Provided that the conditions in the Rule can be met, the following activities are permitted:
For the avoidance of doubt, condition (a) precludes the composting of plant material that has been grown on a contaminated site. Rule 22 addresses the removal of material from a contaminated site.
The conditions relate to effects on water, nuisance effects and site rehabilitation.