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End of Waste Code for Biosolids - request for feedback

Friday, 23 August 2019

The draft Biosolids Resource Criteria has recently been updated and feedback is requested from council officers regarding the definition provided against the draft EOW and advise as to whether this is acceptable (see Proposed Updates below).

Please provide your response to Cr. Anne Maddern (the LGAQ representative for this matter) and Subathra Ramachandram at the earliest possible date (preferably by 2 September, 2019). Members can login to LG Online to see past updates.  

Cr. Anne Maddern
Councillor Division 2
Fraser Coast Regional Council
Anne.Maddern@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

PROPOSED UPDATES

Requirement 6.5

Resource

Criteria

Biosolids

  1. Generated from a sewage treatment plant.  
  2. Meets the biosolids quality characteristic requirements for one or more of the classifications in Table 2 – Biosolids classification requirements.
  3. Despite requirement 6.5.b above, biosolids which is being transferred from the sewage treatment plant to the registered resource producer or resource user is considered a resource if:
    1. the stabilised biosolids being taken to the site of use is from the source that has met Table 3 – Maximum contaminant limits in accordance with the continuous sampling procedure under the NSW Biosolids Guidelines for continuous operation and is awaiting contaminant analysis for compliance verification in the current monitoring event; or
    2. the Grade B biosolids which meets the barrier option in accordance with Table 4 - Biosolids Stabilisation Requirement that also meets Table 3 – Maximum contaminant limits in accordance with the continuous sampling procedure under the NSW Biosolids Guidelines for continuous operation and is awaiting contaminant analysis for compliance verification in the current monitoring event.
  4. Despite 6.5.c.i. above, any stabilised biosolidswhich is determined to be non-compliant with the Table 3 – Maximum contaminant limits following contaminant analysis is considered to revert to classification as a regulated waste and must be taken by a regulated waste transporter to a facility that is lawfully permitted to accept regulated waste.
 

Conditions of use:

7.2. The user of the resource must not use the resource until it meets the resource criteria in accordance with Requirement 6.5 above

Definitions:

'biosolids’  means treated tank sludges and residues from a sewage treatment plant including sedimentation tank and clarifier sludges, aerobically and anaerobically digested sludge and filter cake products from those sewage treatment plants.

‘registered resource producer(s)’ means a person who uses, sells or gives away the resource under this EOW code, and includes the person who ensures the waste generated from a primary waste generator meets the resource quality criteria in accordance with this EOW code.

‘regulated waste transporter’ means a waste transporter authorized for carrying out environmentally relevant activity 57 (Regulated waste transport) as authorised under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

‘resource user(s)’ means a person who has entered into a written agreement with a registered resource producer to use the resource in accordance with the conditions of this EOW code, and includes any registered resource producer who uses the resource.

sewage treatment plants’ also called ‘waste water treatment plant’ means a facility licenced for carrying out environmentally relevant activity 63 (Sewage treatment) as authorised under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

 

We've welcomed Subathra Ramachandram as our new Lead - Water and Wastewater!

Subathra began her career as a civil engineer and following her Masters in Water Engineering, began specialising in hydrology, hydraulic structure design, dam break assessments and flood modelling.

Her interest in large scale infrastructure project management and delivery, and stakeholder engagement - particularly focused on local governments - saw her in both technical and management positions across a few private consulting groups before leading her to the LGAQ, to manage the QCoast2100 Program.

Subathra has been with the LGAQ since 2015 and is looking forward to working with local governments on a wide range of water and wastewater opportunities.

We encourage all members involved or interested in this area to login to LG Online and visit the new Water and Sewerage portfolio page.

You can contact Subathra with your enquiries at 1300 542 700. 

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LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


 

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