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Neighbours say 'stop this tip'

By ninemsn staff
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Air date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
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It's the fight between a small community and one of Australia's biggest companies.

Neighbouring families have come together to fight the expansion of a local tip into one of the biggest dumping grounds in the country.

Response from Boral regarding the Deer Park landfill:

Boral is aware of the issues that have been raised by some residents in the area and we will continue to consult widely through this process, as we always do.

Waste has been managed on site at the Deer Park landfill since 1999.

The proposed extension of our activities on the site will provide a safe and environmentally responsible waste management solution for Melbourne, including local residents, for the next 30 to 40 years.

As a responsible corporate citizen, Boral has an excellent track record of responsibly managing such sites.

We work closely with local communities and State and local authorities, including the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), to ensure compliance with the strictest regulations and policies.

In the case of the Deer Park landfill, some of these regulations and guidelines include:

— A 500 metre buffer zone between the facility and residential areas. This buffer zone has been in place for many years and will continue in future.
— Not accepting asbestos, liquids, toxic or hazardous waste material.
— Strict planning, environmental and consultation processes for the proposed landfill areas.

These areas are separate cells, with each cell lined with clay layers and a high density polyethylene (HDPE) liner to prevent water leaching.

Each of these cells is and will continue to be independently audited multiple times during design and construction and cannot be operated until the EPA is happy that they conform to their requirements.

— Numerous measures to help reduce dust, odour and noise, including a 12 metre high, litter-catching fence currently under construction.

Boral is committed to continuing to work closely with State and local authorities, the local Council and with residents and community representatives to address any concerns.

Richard McCarthy
Boral Waste Solutions

For more information about Boral's Deer Park landfill, please visit the website here.

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