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Rule 9 Refuse disposal and composting

Rule 9 Refuse disposal and composting

Updated 23 November 2012 11:40am

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:

  • disposal of household and farm refuse (other than hazardous wastes) on the property at which the wastes were generated. This includes on residential properties, production land and factory farms; and
  • backyard composting and farm composting. This includes composting on production land and factory farms, and may include the composting of green wastes generated off the property (e.g., excess green wastes from neighbouring farms). It does not include the operation of commercial composting activities (i.e., composting commercial activity such as mushroom farming which use materials other than green waste).

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.