Campaigns

Don’t Waste Wyndham


Don't Waste Wyndham campaigners, 2017

The Don’t Waste Wyndham campaign commenced in 2013 out of community concern at the growth and expansion of the West Roads Refuse Disposal Facility.

The Werribee tip accepts the waste of over many other local governments, and from private contractors, and is managed by Wyndham City Council.

In 2017 the EPA and the Victorian Government, have approved a 25-year expansion for both Werribee and Ravenhall landfills. Community opposition caused by the loss of amenity, foul odours, dust and the unsightly ‘mountains of waste’ was ignored.

25-year works approvals are a new development for these landfills which exclude a whole generation from any rights to review the operation of these landfills.

These decisions were made without:

  •  proper consultation
  • serious consideration of the adverse impacts upon the community
  • taking into account the principles of Environmental Justice espoused in the recent widespread EPA review
  • any consideration or guidance to implement any of the technologies available to manage our “waste” and recover its embedded resource value (including embedded energy and water) instead of building vulnerable and risky “mountains of waste.”

This will entrench the long term “dump it in a hole” mentality and will create an unfair environmental and amenity imposition on nearby communities.

WREC believes that resource recovery must include:

  • Limiting landfill height to a maximum of 5 metres above surrounding ground level and landscaping to fit in with the topography
  • Rescinding past approvals for heights above 5 metres above surrounding ground level
  • Limiting quantities of permitted waste allowed to be dumped to avoid environmental, health and amenity impacts on nearby communities
  • Reducing the 25-year approvals of the Werribee and Ravenhall to a maximum of 5-years with reduced allowable height
  • Abandoning the philosophy of centralised waste in three or four major landfills in order to reduce transport costs and emissions, landfill monopolies and the continuation of disproportionate impacts on nearby communities
  • Promote decentralised waste and resource recovery systems to ensure the burdens and risks are more fairly spread
  • Review landfill levies to bring them in line with New South Wales to help make resource recovery a preferred option when avoidance is not practical
  • Actively promote the separation of waste at its source
  • Establish heavy fines for recalcitrant waste makers
  • Actively promote 100% recyclable packaging with legislative backup.

Link
Wyndham Council’s Response to WREC’s submission

To sign a petition and donate to the campaign go to our HOME page

Toxic Waste in Tullamarine
The battle with EPA and Tullamarine tip is a very long campaign of community concerns and protests being voiced.

These protests have led to the greater inspections and increased community consultation, but the concern of the serious health and environmental concerns remain.

The Tullamarine Tip closed in 2008 but the concerns for the environment remain.

Links:
Report produced by WREC 

Coal Action campaign
WREC initiated the Coal Action campaign in 2011 in Wyndham and supported the Bacchus Marsh campaign against coal mining developments as well as joining the state-wide Quit Coal campaign.

Like all campaigns, it started with a dedicated core group willing to meet on a regular basis, whom prepared and distributed thousands of leaflets, prepared submissions to council, briefing papers for the local media and fact sheets for the community. WREC also organised public meetings and arranged guest speakers for community groups to ensure the community was made aware of the health and community risks.

Alternatives energy & electric vehicle
WREC is committed to promoting alternative energy sources, including solar panels for roof-top power generation as well as promoting the replacement of internal combustion powered cars with electric vehicles.

WREC has participated in many annual Sustainability Expos and initiated Electric Vehicle displays in 2011 and 2017.