Council’s Waste Strategy

The Council’s main strategies are:

  • To ensure cost effective continuous landfill for our community requirements
  • To build landfill sites above and beyond current environmental regulations
  • To work with the State Government and Goulburn Valley Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Group
  • To ensure Cosgrove 3 is designed. Built and operated with best practice given the State has identified Cosgrove as both a Regional and State hub

Where is the landfill site?

Council owns and operates the Cosgrove Landfill Facility, located approximately 20 kilometres to the east of Shepparton. As the current active landfill site (Cosgrove 2) is nearing the end of its useful life, Council commenced the construction of the Cosgrove 3 Landfill site in February 2017, to ensure continuous landfill services for the community.

The Cosgrove 3 site will be developed as a regional landfill hub to cater for the needs of Greater Shepparton and other Victorian municipalities for the next 30-40 years. The site is being constructed with the latest technology and will be a leading example of best practice in landfill construction and operations.

Cosgrove Landfill Sites

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For further information please contact:

Thomas Lyle
Project Manager – Cosgrove Landfill
Greater Shepparton City Council
Phone: 03 5832 9235

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What is Landfill?

Landfill is a carefully designed structure built on top of the ground in which waste is isolated from the surrounding environment (ground water, air and rain).

Timelines for Stages of Work

February 2017 – July 2017 - Subgrade Construction (Foundation Layer for the Cell Construction

October 2017 – March 2018 - Cell 1 and Leachate Construction

March 2018 – Mid to Late 2018 - Cosgrove Infrastructure

Mid to late 2018 to 2064 - Operations

Project Details

Council is currently in the construction phase for Cosgrove 3. Subgrade excavation and engineered fill will be completed by the end of 2017. Perimeter fencing will be constructed by June 2017 and Cell 1 construction will occur from October 2017 to March 2018. The site facilities will be constructed from July 2018 to December 2018.

Construction will involve:

  1. Construct a competent foundation layer (Subgrade) by excavating an existing quarry to maximise airspace and minimise costs
  2. Construct landfill containment lining system (Cell 1) on the subgrade (see photo)

What to expect during construction

Extraction involves blasting the subgrade layers to create a suitable site for the Cells to be constructed. There will be 1-2 blasts per week during lunch hours and there will be no blasting on Sundays.

Noise and vibrations will be minimal with the majority of the work happening inside the pit. Ground vibrations from blasting are monitored closely to ensure they do not exceed regulatory limits. The modern equipment used in these operations has low engine noise and will not be noticeable to surrounding residents.

Equipment is very large, the same as that used in mining operations but is only used on the site. Limited plant and equipment will travel on public roads.

Contractors employ dust suppression practices during construction with a dedicated water truck on site managing dust. There are also dust suppression and erosion treatments for stockpiles.

Fire prevention management involves slashing the surrounding grounds multiple times a year. Roads and stockpiles will also be managed to prevent fire hazards. Shutdowns will occur on high risk days.

What will the site look like?

From the road the driver will see very little of the actual landfill. Landscaping will be carried out to create an environmental corridor and ensure the area blends in with existing flora. A large bund (retaining wall) will be built and landscaped around parts of the site.

There will be stockpiles of clay, top soil and basalt rock approximately 7 metres high which will be stored on site for future use and used to return the site to its original state in 40 years time.

The site will include an access road, weigh bridge, site buildings, car parks, truck parking, a pre-sort area, wash bays, quarantine area and staff amenities. A typical modern landfill access area is pictured to the right. This is Albury's access area to their landfill site.  


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