Goolwa Waste and Recycling Depot

Goolwa Waste and Recycling Depot

Recent works update


The Goolwa Waste Recycling Depot has provided important and essential waste disposal and recycling services to the local community for over thirty five years.

The site was established as a landfill in 1977 within an active sand mining quarry.  Waste disposed of at the site has previously included putrescible waste, although more recently only solid inert waste (SIW) and asbestos has been disposed of at the site.  Facilities for the recovery of resources were established at the site in 1990.

The site is owned by Alexandrina Council. However, the site hosts several tenants including:

  • Fleurieu Region Waste Authority (Site Operators)
  • Finding Workable Solutions
  • South Coast Recycling Pty Ltd

Until recently, construction and demolition (C&D) waste received at the site has been landfilled in the active landfill cell, known as the ‘Builder’s Pit’.  Upon the closer of this cell in 2013 a temporary sorting facility was established and all waste and recyclable materials are now sorted and transferred off-site.  Green organics received at the site are composted processed on-site with the resulting product on sold or utilised by Council.

The provision of waste and recycling Services for the community is a core function of Council.  Council undertakes these functions on a regional basis through it’s membership of the Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority.  The upgrade is required to ensure that the community has safe and efficient community facilities that continue to meet the needs of the region and Council’s EPA compliance obligations.

The upgrade works include the following aspects –

  • Permanent office and weighbridge facilities for Fleurieu Region Waste Authority
  • Workshop facilities – to maintain the fleet of Fleurieu Region Waste Authority refuse trucks
  • Larger waste sorting shed – providing modern and safe disposal facilities for the community
  • Roads and stormwater – to provide safe and all weather access for all depot users

The estimated costs of the upgrade are approximately $7 million.

Construction is being carried out by BluBuilt Constructions under contract to Council.  The works are estimated to be completed in early 2018.