Hume City Council: Drop and Sort Pad

Hume City Council’s ‘Drop & Sort Pad’ (DSP) infrastructure project enables a greater quantity and range of materials to be recovered efficiently and effectively from the waste stream at the council’s landfill facility at Riddell Road, Sunbury. Funding provision for the project was provided from the Metropolitan Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Fund.

Key objectives were to:

  • increase resource recovery of material in the mixed loads from small vehicles (cars and trailers)
  • improve landfill service efficiency and operations
  • reduce risk to the public and landfill staff
  • improve the amenity for waste customers and prolong the life of the Riddell Road landfill
  • improve operations for increased water and energy saving.

The DSP is a 30 metre long, roofed concrete structure comprising an upper deck for the receipt of recyclables and mixed waste loads from cars and trailers and a lower deck for sorting and loading of recyclables and residual waste material. The facility caters for the Sunbury township and outlying areas and significantly improves the customer and staff amenity for waste disposal and recovery at the site as car and trailer loads of mixed waste no longer have to be sent to the tip face to unload.

The main achievements of the project are that resource recovery for the Riddell Road landfill waste transfer operations has increased from 40% to 60% by weight.  It is anticipated that 70% waste diversion could be achieved based on the performance of similar infrastructure installed at the council’s Bolinda Road Resource Recovery Centre in Campbellfield. The life of the Riddell Road landfill will be extended by approximately one year due to increased waste diversion achieved using the DSP facility, therefore the anticipated landfill closure date is now estimated to be 2031.

In conclusion the DSP project forms an integral part of the waste diversion infrastructure at Council’s Riddell Road landfill to recover valuable resources for future generations to come and will continue to be utilised long after the landfill ceases operations in 2031. The funding provision from the Metropolitan Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Fund enabled the council to bring forward the timing for the development of the much needed infrastructure.

For more information contact the Coordinator City Waste Management at Hume City Council on (03) 9205 2200.

For more information about the Metro Fund contact metro.fund@mwmg.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 8698 9800.

Project resources:

  • Drop and Sort Pad R2 Case Study - Hume Case Study 1.5 MB

    This case study outlines the key issues, response, benefits and outcomes for the Hume City Council 'Drop and Sort Pad' project. This Metro Fund Round 2 project aimed to increase the diversion of recyclable materials from landfill through the installation of a new drop and sort pad at the Riddell Road Landfill in Sunbury.

  • Drop and Sort Pad MF R2 Final Report - Hume Report 297 KB

    This final report outlines the outcomes, findings, project highlights and recommendations for the Hume City Council 'Drop and Sort Pad' project. This Metro Fund Round 2 project aimed to increase the diversion of recyclable materials from landfill through the installation of a new drop and sort pad at the Riddell Road Landfill in Sunbury.

Last updated: 02/11/2016