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Permanent flare system for Eastern Creek

BINGO acknowledges that each aspect of the waste management hierarchy fulfills an important role in an effective best practice waste management and resource recovery system, and that each aspect plays a different and significant role due to regulatory, economic, and environmental factors.

Managing waste in accord with this hierarchy including the disposal of residual waste1 to modern landfills, is an essential service. Even at the highest levels of resource recovery in a circular economy, there will be a continuing need to dispose of some residual waste to landfill (considered as leakage under the circular economy model) to protect human health and the environment.

Date: 01/12/2021

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Eastern Creek community newsletter and information webinars

BINGO hosted three community webinars in early November 2021. These sessions were open to all community members provided information about the planning proposals and enabled community members an opportunity to provide feedback. The same information was presented at all webinars. 

Date: 05/11/2021

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Bingo Industries

BINGO’s FY20 Sustainability Report wins GOLD

 
 

BINGO's FY20 Sustainability and Annual Reports take out GOLD at the Australasian Reporting Awards​​​​​​​

Date: 01/10/2021

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Update on Eastern Creek Landfill Facility

View our latest updates surrounding Eastern Creek Landfill Facility. 

Date: 27/08/2021

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Bingo Industries

BINGO Trailblazers – Ros Dent

Our Trailblazers series aims to highlight the shining stars at BINGO. Each person chosen in this series represents the very best that BINGO has to offer. At BINGO, we feel its our responsibility to give our team the best opportunities to help them achieve in their roles. Check out our interview with Head of Environmental Operations, Ros Dent. 

Date: 26/08/2021

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BINGO Industries Recycling Ecology Park Master Plan – Stage 1

In August, Stage 1 of BINGO’s master plan for the development of its world-leading 82-hectare Recycling Ecology Park at Eastern Creek was submitted to NSW planning authorities. 

Date: 27/08/2020

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BINGO developing Australia’s largest and most advanced recycling centre in Western Sydney

Development of BINGO’s Materials Processing Centre 2 (MPC 2) at its Recycling Ecology Park in Eastern Creek is well underway, with the majority of the advanced recycling plant now installed. 

Date: 27/08/2020

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Bingo Industries

BINGO’s FY19 Sustainability Report wins GOLD

 
 
BINGO’s FY19 Sustainability Report has taken out GOLD in the Sustainability Report of the Year category in the 2020 Australasian Reporting Awards. 

Date: 13/07/2020

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Bingo Industries

Update: Incident at Eastern Creek

BINGO advises that the fire which occurred at its recycling and landfill facility at Eastern Creek on Saturday 1 February has been contained.

Date: 04/02/2020

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Waste industry challenges

BINGO shares the biggest challenges facing Australia’s waste management and recycling industry, and how we can act today to create positive change.

Date: 13/12/2019

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Increase diversion rates of waste

It is estimated that Australia generates 67 million tonnes of waste per year and despite our continuing efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle, a staggering 60% of this waste goes to landfill. It’s no secret that Australia is running out of landfill. We need solutions that divert waste from landfill and help us achieve more sustainable outcomes for the health of our planet and our community.

Date: 30/12/2018

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Permanent flare system for Eastern Creek

Landfill gas
 

BINGO acknowledges that each aspect of the waste management hierarchy fulfills an important role in an effective best practice waste management and resource recovery system, and that each aspect plays a different and significant role due to regulatory, economic, and environmental factors.

Managing waste in accord with this hierarchy including the disposal of residual waste to modern landfills, is an essential service. Even at the highest levels of resource recovery in a circular economy, there will be a continuing need to dispose of some residual waste to landfill (considered as leakage under the circular economy model) to protect human health and the environment.

Although disposal of waste in landfill sites falls at the bottom of waste hierarchy, landfill will remain a necessary part of NSW waste strategy into the foreseeable future for wastes that cannot be re-used, recycled, or recovered. BINGO’s focus remains on diverting as much waste as possible from landfill.

It is important to note that although Eastern Creek REP landfill is not licensed to, nor accepts putrescible wastes, the material which is permitted to be landfilled does contain organic material (such as wood waste, garden waste, paper and cardboard).  This material can degrade to result in emissions of methane and other landfill gases.  LFG destruction in a properly designed and operated control device, such as a flare or energy recovery unit, is preferable to uncontrolled release of landfill gas for managing health and environmental impacts associated with landfill gas. In fact, many of the large landfills in Sydney licensed to receive general solid waste have landfill gas capture flare systems and/or energy recovery systems in place.

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What are we doing to manage landfill gas at Eastern Creek REP?

BINGO has installed four temporary flares as part of its advanced gas collection and management system at its Eastern Creek landfill and is in process of commissioning additional temporary flares to provide further contingency until the permanent flare system is established on the site. The temporary flares and 31 wells are now operating at close to 100%.


BINGO has submitted a development application as required under the site’s Environmental Protection Licence (EPL13426) to build on the success of the temporary landfill gas collection and treatment system, and provide a more permanent, long-term sustainable landfill gas treatment solution to reduce the environmental impact of gases that would be otherwise discharged to the atmosphere from the landfill. A community consultation report on the permanent flare application will be finalised in mid-December and comments on the application can be received up until this time.

The proposed permanent landfill gas capture project will combust gas derived from the Eastern Creek landfill with up to 85 percent destruction efficiency within two permanent, enclosed flares at a rate of 3000 standard cubic metres per hour.  An indicative illustration of the permanent flare infrastructure is shown in the figure. Click here to view it in full screen. 

The flares will be designed to be achieve the emission requirements as set out by NSW Environment Protection Authority under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, and the Protection of the Environment (Clean Air) Regulation 2021.  The flares will also be constructed, installed and operated in accordance with relevant Australian Standards.

An example of the proposed flare design is shown in the figure below.


 

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Assessment of potential air quality impacts

When landfill gas is combusted in a flare, hydrogen sulphide is converted (oxidised) to sulphur dioxide, with nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter. A detailed air quality assessment has been undertaken which considers all of these potential emission pathways, and pollutants noted above. The preliminary findings of the air quality impact assessment indicate that the concentrations of all pollutants assessed are below the NSW Environment Protection Authority air quality criteria, at all residential and industrial locations surrounding the Eastern Creek Recycling Ecology Park.

Health and safety, environmental and sustainability benefits
Overall, LFG flaring and generation projects significantly improve the environment because of the significant methane emission reductions and supporting the achievement of air pollutant reductions. The proposed permanent flare at Eastern Creek REP will result in approximately 265,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent avoided each year, which equates to an annual greenhouse gas emission reduction of 68 percent. 
 
Flaring LFG to manage landfill gas destroys most of the non-methane organic compounds (including air pollutants) that are present at low concentrations in landfill gas, which reduces possible health risks.

A summary of other key benefits of the proposed landfill gas capture project are:

  • The capture of a large proportion of LFG;

  • Allows the treatment by combustion of the captured LFG, which:

    • oxidises methane (CH4) to carbon dioxide (CO2), thereby reducing the greenhouse gas impact of those emissions; and

    • oxidises odorous gases (such as H2S) to less-odorous compounds. 

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Development Activities

Materials Processing Centre 2 (MPC2)

BINGO commenced construction of MPC2 in January 2020. For details of the MPC2 development application please visit: www.bingoindustries.com.au/policies/Eastern-Creek-Policies-and-Reporting.

MPC2 is Australia’s largest and most advanced dry mixed waste recycling plant, capable of enhanced materials recovery and recycled products manufacturing.

MPC2 will help increase recovery rates for Sydney’s building and demolition and commercial and industrial waste volumes and significantly contribute to the NSW Sustainable Waste and Materials Strategy and circular economy outcomes with enhanced recycled product manufacturing. The MPC2 facility is currently at the commissioning phase of development.

Odour update
In March 2021, following an exceptional  rain event, significant volumes of water entered the landfill resulting in increased odour.

After investigations to identify the problem and find the best solutions, BINGO installed an advanced gas collection and management system, comprising a network of wells and flares, in June 2021 to burn off odour-causing gases.

This advanced management system is now working at close to 100% effectiveness and has substantially reduced odour emissions. BINGO continues to conduct odour surveys in surrounding communities, and has a dedicated team monitoring the surface of the landfill.

BINGO is developing a more permanent and sustainable solution to address gas and water leachate within the landfill and looks forward to updating the community on these plans at the webinars. Further details are in the Planning Activities section below.

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Planning Activities

Bingo is currently planning for three projects on the Eastern Creek site. 

- Recycling Infrastructure Optimisation Project: a State Significant Development (SSD) application to increase the throughput of the REP for recycling purposes. Click here to view project details. 

- Western Operational Area Site Improvements: an application to modify the current approval for the Western Operational Area along the boundary facing Ropes Creek. Click here to view project details. 

- Landfill Gas Capture Project:  an application for a permanent and sustainable flare system to manage any residual gas within the landfill.It is important to note none of these applications will involve a change to the type of waste received at the Eastern Creek REP. Consistent with existing approvals, the facility will not take putrescible waste.

Before BINGO lodges these applications with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, we are keen to consult with the community by sharing draft plans and seek feedback.We recognise community feedback will help to inform the best solutions for these proposals. Click here to view our Community Engagement and Communication Protocol.

We thank everyone who attended the community webinars in November 2021 and for those who have provided feedback either in the session or through submissions to us.  We have also been speaking with our immediate neighbors to understand their feedback. We are now considering this feedback before lodging our applications. 

There will be future opportunities to provide feedback on both the Recycling Infrastructure Optimisation Project and the Western Operational Area Site Improvements project when these are placed on public exhibition by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in 2022. 

We will provide further updates as the proposals progress.

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Additional Community Webinar Sessions

BINGO is pleased to share its plans for its Eastern Creek Recycling Ecology Park, and to hear feedback from local community and businesses.
 
On 4, 9 and 11 November 2021, BINGO held three community webinar sessions to seek feedback on the planning activities proposed for the Eastern Creek Recycling Ecology Park (REP) site. Invitations to these webinars were sent in a newsletter to local community and businesses. We received feedback that not all nearby residents or businesses received this newsletter, and others did not have sufficient time to participate.
 
To ensure all community members have the opportunity to provide their feedback and ask any questions, BINGO has extended the consultation process and will be hosting two additional community webinar sessions on our proposal for the site:
 
Saturday 11 December 2021
1:00pm – 2:30pm
To register your interest please visit:
https://bingo.industries/webinar11Dec
 
Monday 13 December 2021
6:00pm – 7:30pm
To register your interest please visit:
https://bingo.industries/webinar13Dec
 
The community webinar sessions will provide an update on the proposals and will answer the queries BINGO has received through the consultation
process in a Q&A format. 

If you have any questions about the community webinar sessions or the proposals, please send an email to ECREPfeedback@WSP.com
 
Feedback provided at all of the community webinars sessions, together with written submissions received, will help inform BINGO’s approach to these proposals prior to any planning application being made.

Eastern Creek Policies and Reporting

To find out more on the Eastern Creek Recycling centre, visit our Policies and reporting page

Community Newsletters

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Bingo Industries

Aug, 2020

What is the Eastern Creek Recycling Ecology Park?

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Oct, 2021

Community Update Newsletter

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Nov, 2021

Community Update Newsletter (Updated)

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