Approval has been given for a $3.74 million expansion of the Bingo waste centre at Mortdale.
The state government’s Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) consented to the development application in a decision made public just before Christmas.
A range of conditions were attached.
The commission rejected residents’ concerns, finding the development would not adversely affect the local road network or create adverse noise, vibration or air quality impacts.
The site and its operational management was suitable to accommodate an increase in processing capacity, the commission said.
The project will involve demolition of the existing waste transfer station and construction of a new resource recovery facility.
The facility will process non-putrescible construction and demolition, commercial and industrial and domestic (council clean-up) waste, and distribute it to licensed recycling facilities or landfills.
The Department of Planning and Environment recommended approval after the applicant made a number of changes to the DA, including scaling back of the hours of operation and volume of waste to be processed.
Instead of a 24-hour operation, it will operate from to 6am-10pm, six days a week.
Processing capacity has been cut from 300,000 tonnes per annum (tpa), which would have been a ten-fold increase, to 220,000 tpa.
The applicant has also promised to prohibit all vehicles accessing the site via Barry Avenue.