Buttondery Waste Management Facility
Wyong Shire Council owns and operates the Buttonderry Waste Management Facility (BWMF). This is the only landfill operating in the shire. It includes a composting facility and drop off locations for various recyclable materials. The BWMF landfill opened in1990 and has an estimated landfill life of 50 years.
Approximately 250,000 tonnes of waste are received at BWMF each year and of this 110,000 tonnes are recycled and 140,000 tonnes go to landfill.
BWMF recently won the major prize at the Waste Management Association of Australia's 2013 Landfill and Transfer Station Innovation and Excellence Awards.
Location, opening hours, fees and payment options
Buttonderry Waste Management Facility is located on Hue Hue Rd, Jilliby approximately 1.5km north of the Sparks Rd turnoff. It is open Monday to Friday from 7am to 5pm and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. The facility is closed on Christmas Day. Telephone: (02) 4350 1320.
The facility has a weighbridge to determine cost. Tipping charges differ depending on the type of material. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, credit card and EFTPOS.
What is accepted at the facility?
- Virgin Excavated Natural Material (VENM)
- Concrete, bricks and roof tiles (sorted)
- Recyclables generated by commercial operations
- Commercial loads of cardboard
- Scrap metal - free of charge
- Residential recyclables (paper, plastics, cans, glass bottles & jars, metals, car batteries, car bodies, white goods, gas bottles & engine oil - max 20 litres)
- Untreated timber & trees
- Shredded green waste
- Bio solids
- Sea grass
- Mixed waste
- Bulky demolition waste
What is not accepted at the facility?
- Hazardous waste (eg chemicals, poisons, paints). Council runs two Household Chemical Collections every year to dispose of this waste.
- Clinical Waste (eg human tissue, laboratory cultures, blood stained materials or equipment). Refer to the Yellow Pages for companies licensed to carry clinical waste
- Liquid Waste
New waste cell at Buttonderry
Despite the 45% of waste currently being diverted to reuse and recycling, around 110,000 tonnes of waste still ends up in landfill each year. Costing over $9 million, the new cell is essentially a very large hole in the ground fitted with industry best practice base and side wall liners to minimise any future environmental risks. The new cell will be 40,000 square metres at the base (around the size of 6 football fields) and hold 1.1 million cubic metres of waste (or approx. 440 Olympic sized swimming pools). At current rates, the cell will be full in seven years and then a new cell constructed.
Approved by the NSW Environment Protection Authority, the cell is being constructed by local contractor, Robson Civil Projects P/L with works due to be completed by November 2014.