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Any information contained in the Victorian Landfill Register (VLR) is intended to be used only as a guide and should not be relied upon as being either complete or accurate. EPA does not verify the accuracy of all information contained in the VLR. Anyone with an interest in a particular piece of land, location, site or property should make his or her own enquiries with relevant authorities.
EPA does not accept any responsibility for any claims, loss or damage of any kind whatsoever arising out of any person’s reliance on any information that is either:
contained in or omitted from the VLR, or
arises out of the inclusion or exclusion of any land, location, site or property on the VLR.
The Victorian Landfill Register
The Victorian Landfill Register is a further step in EPA sharing information and data that will help Victorians to make decisions about their health and the environment.
Publicly available to all Victorians, the register draws information from various sources. It lists all current and known closed landfills in Victoria and creates a strong foundation for building a complete and comprehensive landfill register for Victorians.
While this public register will make landfill information more available, it should not be used as the only source of information when making important decisions. We will continue to build on the register, adding information and improving the service.
Where does the information on the register come from?
The VLR brings together information from:
EPA landfill licences and post closure pollution abatement notices
Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans
historic landfill records held by EPA.
Data points on the map represent individual records. Clicking on each data point will reveal information for each record. Because of the range of information sources used for the register, not all fields have information. Where there is no information, the field will display “Not available”.
See below for a description of each information field.
|Landfill register number
||EPA’s unique identifier for each record in the VLR
||These numbers are linked to an EPA licence or pollution abatement notice. “Not available” indicates that the source of the record is not an EPA instrument e.g. it may be from a local government record
||The address of the site
|Extra address information
||The name of the landfill or other additional locality information
||The suburb where the landfill is located
||The relevant local council
|Latitude and Longitude
||Map reference information
||Whether the landfill is operating or closed
|Waste type accepted
||A description of the wastes accepted at the site, where available
|Estimated year of closure
||Known or estimated year of closure, where available
|Estimated total waste volume
||Known or estimated waste received at the site, where available
||The source of the record, including EPA electronic records, EPA legacy records, or other records
||Current EPA licence number, where applicable
|Historic licence number
||Any historical licence numbers, where available
Because the register is built from unique records, some landfill sites have overlapping data points, representing multiple unique records.
In the interest of developing as accurate a register as possible, we contacted relevant officers in local councils and shires asking them to verify our records. They also provided any additional information they had on landfills and offered suggestions on how the register could be improved for the benefit of communities. Their feedback has been incorporated into the register. Where EPA has medium/high confidence in a historical record it holds, these have been included on the register without external verification.
Accessing the register
You can access the Victorian Landfill Register as an interactive map through NationalMap or download it in a variety of file formats:
Should you experience problems accessing the register, please contact EPA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC).
Landfills management in Victoria
Landfills are an important parts of Victoria’s waste management infrastructure. While disposal of materials to landfill is the least preferred management option for waste, landfills will continue to be necessary to manage wastes that cannot be practically removed from the waste stream.
Today’s landfills must not leave an unacceptable environmental legacy for our children to address. As long as landfills remain part of Victoria’s waste management infrastructure, best-practice measures must be adopted to ensure that landfills are acceptable to the public.
The planning, operation and rehabilitation of landfills requires a high level of design and management to ensure the environment is protected and community aspirations are met. EPA uses a range of tools to do this, including:
setting the standards for what type of waste an existing landfill can accept
requiring financial assurance
assessing works approvals and providing relevant conditions for landfill construction
licensing landfills (except municipal landfills servicing fewer than 5000 people).
Victoria Unearthed is a new online tool that has been created to provide access to more information about potential and existing contamination through the state. As well as information about the landfill register, this database contains information about:
- environmental audits
- the location of Environmental Audit Overlays
- historical business listings (from the Sands and McDougall directories)
- and groundwater quality restricted use zones.
Click here to access Victoria Unearthed.
Landfills and your health
Studies indicate that living nearby to a regulated, well managed landfill site does not pose a significant risk to human health.
Landfill designs and processes have evolved over time, therefore some closed landfills may not have all of the current environmental controls. The health risks associated with older, less regulated landfill sites are unknown.
Available research, mainly from UK and overseas , does not identify any strong link between the health of nearby residents and operational landfill sites. The available studies do however, acknowledge considerable uncertainties and variances within and between studies, reflecting a lack of understanding in likely exposures, the confusing effect of non-landfill exposures and the interpretation of self-reported health information gathered from concerned communities.
Community concerns are sometimes raised in relation to old closed landfills in areas where housing development has subsequently taken place. Such sites may predate landfill regulation. Due to the range of wastes that may have been received at these sites, and in their operation and design, it is not possible to give definitive advice on the health risks of such landfills without an assessment of the risks specific to that landfill. Where a landfill site is causing local concern, site-specific monitoring and/or modelling is needed to aid any risk assessment and address any uncertainty about potential public health impacts.
EPA will continue to assess the risk of old closed landfills to determine if any additional works are required to minimise risk to human health and the environment. Where further works are required to be undertaken, a Post Closure Pollution Abatement Notice (PC PAN) will be issued to ensure that the works are undertaken. EPA regional staff are aware of landfills below the licensing threshold in their regions and may inspect these sites at any time. EPA only issues PC PANs to formerly licensed sites. Field staff will only issue a Pollution Abatement Notice if there is pollution occurring at the site.
If you have further questions or concerns about landfills and health you can call us at 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC)
. If you have a specific health concern, EPA recommends you consult your GP.
 Nichola Porter and Susanne Tepe, Air Emissions from Non-Hazardous Waste Landfills – a literature review; August 2013, RMIT
 EnRiskS, Air Emissions from Non-Hazardous Waste Landfills – Update of 2013 Literature Review, April 2018