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Waste avoidance, recovery and reuse of discarded materials, effective landfill management and responsible management of hazardous wastes are all critical elements of sustainable development.

The need to minimise waste generation rates and recover and utilise by-products of waste degradation (through alternative waste treatment technologies or modifications to current waste disposal methods) is dictating the future of waste management practices.

Our team of professionals provide advice and solutions for the complete range of waste management issues. We’ll assist you in developing sustainable practices to address your requirements now and into the future.

We work closely with environmental planners, scientists and community consultatants to deliver an integrated, full cycle service to our clients.

Services:

  • Detailed and conceptual design for landfills, transfer stations, resources recovery facilities, containment cells, leachate and rehabilitation
  • Environmental management including modelling, monitoring, collection, assessments, compliance, industrial (solid/liquid) minimisation and cleaner production
  • Strategic planning for siting, resource and waste management, financial modelling and recycling or resource recovery
  • Legislative approvals and considerations including approvals for environmental planning, and infrastructure siting and operations
  • Alternative waste technologies assessment, selection, concept, design, feasibility and options
  • Auditing for waste and compliance
  • Community consultation
  • Project management
  • Procurement & construction management 

For further information, contact:

David Gamble
Tel: +61 2 9239 7100
Email: David Gamble

Gold Coast City Council Waste Network Review

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Since 2003, GHD assisted Gold Coast City Council to strategically review waste infrastructure provided by the city. This primarily includes landfills and transfer stations as well as a small number of rural bin stations, but has also considered issues associated with kerbside collection services and the concept of user-pay. At the commencement of the project the waste network included five landfills, 11 transfer stations and three rural bin stations servicing a population of approximately 500,000 people.

Initially the project involved a critical review of existing waste infrastructure by taking a triple bottom line approach, i.e. considering economic, environmental and social factors. The outcome of this assessment, prepared in conjunction with council officers, was a timeline for rationalisation and upgrades to the network. From this timeline, a year-by-year budget estimate was developed  based on individual recommendations and capital and operating costs.

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Huntingdon Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements, Smithfield Township, Huntington County, Pennsylvania, USA

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GHD’s innovative approach to improving this wastewater treatment facility earned the Diamond Honor Award (Water and Storm Water Category) for innovation and excellence in engineering from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania in February 2013.

The Huntingdon Wastewater Treatment Facility, constructed in 1964 and upgraded in 1987, was in the first group of facilities required to comply with the Pennsylvania DEP’s Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy (CBTS). GHD was challenged to meet CBTS requirements using existing, simple-to-operate trickling filters and to provide Class A exceptional quality biosolids within the existing site footprint, while maintaining uninterrupted service during construction.

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Integrated Solid Waste Management Planning, Delaware County, New York USA

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As part of Delaware County’s goal to continue to utilize their existing landfill site, they embarked on extensive efforts to re-define their solid waste management goals and objectives. In order to do so the County assembled a team of planning specialists who focused on centralised and integrated solid waste management and watershed planning issues.

As part of the overall strategy to fully utilise the existing landfill property, GHD successfully identified a solution to continue development of solid waste disposal and processing facilities at the County’s Solid Waste Management Center that satisfied environmental, regulatory, and watershed management standards. These efforts included: solid waste management planning; development of aggressive recycling and landfill diversion strategies; integration of multiple town transfer stations; biosolids management; wetlands evaluation; landfill siting study and permitting; landfill design and construction services; and municipal solid waste (MSW) co-composting facility development.

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Main Success

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GHD has assisted the Melbourne Water Corporation to replace a section of its oldest sewer network, first built around 1894. The existing main, which had significantly deteriorated, needed to be replaced to continue providing essential services to the city’s growing inner north population, and reduce the risk of failure associated with ageing infrastructure.

As principal consultant, GHD provided design management, structural and civil design, geotechnical and hydrogeological analysis, durability assessments, tunnel lining design, hydraulic capacity analysis, planning and statutory approvals, environmental investigations and management, odour control design, preparation of contract documentation and construction phase services.

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NDIA

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GHD was commissioned to prepare a solid waste management plan for the new Doha International Airport in the Middle East.

The plan aims to help manage the large quantity of solid waste handled by the airport and to make certain it is disposed of in an efficient and environmentally appropriate and sustainable manner, with minimal impact on the amenity of airport users.

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Orange Waste Project

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GHD was engaged to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) to assist with the development of a new resource recovery plan and transfer facility as well as new composting and landfilling operations in the New South Wales district of Orange. The project is an integrated resource recovery and waste management scheme that promises to be a model for sustainable regional waste management. Our team also designed one of Australia's first baled waste land fills for their Euchareena Road site.

Working with Orange City Council and a range of groups providing inputs, our team coordinated and prepared the EA document as well as prepared concept designs for the landfill and enclosed tunnel composting facility at Euchareena Road Resource Recovery Centre to support the application.

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North Stradbroke Island Landfill Closure

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GHD was engaged by Redland Shire Council to prepare the design and documentation for the closure and capping of the North Stradbroke Island landfill. The landfill is situated off the main road between Dunwich and Point Lookout in bushland.

The design was not straightforward as North Stradbroke Island is predominantly a sand island. Alternatives had to be found to replace the standard clay cap. In addition the landfill included various pits and mounds around the site.

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David Gamble

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David is a principal engineer with more than 20 years' experience in waste management, including preparing feasibility studies for waste management infrastructure, waste strategy, design and operation of collection systems, alternative waste technology selection, recycling, packaging waste minimisation and landfill management.

David is GHD’s Service Line Leader for Waste Management, which gives him a global responsibility for promoting technical excellence in this area. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and is listed on the National Professional Engineers Register for Environmental Engineering.

Position: Service Line Leader, Waste Management
Tel: +61 2 9239 7100

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Wayne McFarland

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Wayne has an extensive background in environmental engineering with experience in research, planning, design and construction of industrial and municipal environmental and energy projects. Industrial experience includes 3 years as Environmental Engineering Manager for Agway Energy. In 30+ years of practice, he has directed or performed more than 700 engineering and environmental projects involving feasibility studies, facility design and construction projects, and compliance with energy, air quality, water quality, remediation, hazardous waste, OSHA, petroleum and chemical bulk storage, and emergency planning regulations. Experience includes projects in 26 states and the United Arab Emirates.

Position: Regional Office Manager, Cazenovia / Market Leader - Energy/Sustainability & the Environment
Tel: +1 315 679 5800

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Jeff Heath

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Jeff has more than 30 years of experience in the field of environmental engineering and has full familiarity with a variety of solid waste regulations as they apply to solid waste facilities. He has given numerous presentations related to solid waste facility siting, inactive hazardous waste sites, landfill closures, municipal solid waste (municipal solid waste) composting, organics management, and leachate management at landfills. He has managed a variety of multi-disciplined construction projects and served as the Principal Manager for a state-of-the-art waste conversion project under a design/build delivery system. Jeff has established himself as a leader in alternative waste conversion technologies.

Position: Business Group Manager, New England Region
Tel: +1 315 679 5800

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Brad Smith

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Brad has more than 24 years of experience in the field of environmental and geotechnical engineering. His experience includes full familiarity with state and federal solid waste regulations as they apply to waste management, including landfill planning, design, operation, management and closure, as well as landfill gas management and organics diversion. His landfill operations experience has included guidance for municipal solid waste facilities, paper sludge landfills, construction waste landfills, incinerated sewage sludge ash lagoons, coal combustion ash landfill, and cement kiln dust landfills.

Position: Service Group Manager, Solid Waste
Tel:  +1 315 679 5800

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Mylene Palaypayon-Ana

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Mylene has more than 10 years' experience as a civil engineer and is based in GHD's Makati office in the Philippines. She has significant experience in delivering environmental impact assessments in the energy, water, telecommunications, roads and infrastructure sectors.

Mylene has delivered a number of key projects with GHD in the Philippines including an environmental performance report and management plan for the Burgos wind project for the Energy Development Corporation, technical assistance for the environmental development project for the Development Bank of the Philippines, and an environmental performance report and management plan for the optimization of the Maris Reservoir project for National Irrigation Administration.

Position: Service Group Manager, Environmental Management, Philippines
Tel: +63 2 479 5600

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Mark Koller

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Mark is an environmental engineer and the Melbourne Manager of the Environmental Management Service Group. This group includes the Waste Management and Environmental Compliance teams. He has more than 25 years’ experience working primarily in the waste management sector and has been employed in various senior positions in private consulting.

Mark has successfully completed a broad range of waste management projects throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region for local government/regional authorities, state government authorities, private waste management companies and manufacturing industry. Mark worked at EPA Victoria for several years in various roles.

Position: Principal Environmental Engineer - Melbourne, Victoria
Tel: +61 3 8687 8310

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Waji Bajwa

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Wajahat has more than 20 years' experience in the waste management sector, with a depth of experience in the wastewater treatment area. His roles have involved legislative compliance, research and development, operational management, and project management. Wajahat's clients have varied from government agencies, statutory authorities, industry associations, manufacturers and the waste management industry.

Wajahat has considerable experience with the development of landfill and composting sites, from the assessment and preparation of Works approval applications including leachate management and treatment. Waji is an EPA appointed auditor for industrial facilities and has more than eight years auditing experience.

Prior to joining GHD, Wajahat was manager of the Yarra Region of EPA Victoria. In this position he was responsible for overall strategy and direction in managing/regulating a large number of waste management, storage and treatment facilities.

Position: Principal Environmental Engineer - Melbourne, Victoria 
Tel: +61 3 8687 8752

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Anthony Dixon

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Anthony has more than 20 years’ experience project managing landfill and groundwater impact assessment projects. In his previous position Anthony managed the Sydney office of Aquaterra Consulting and consulted on several landfill, mining and quarrying projects, primarily with respect to groundwater. Prior to this position Anthony was the Principal Technical Advisor – Waste Disposal with the New South Wales EPA and he led a team which raised the bar in the environmental performance assessment, engineering and management of landfills in New South Wales.

Position: Principal Environmental Engineer - Sydney, NSW
Tel: +61 2 9239 7025

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Andrew Quinn

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Andrew is an environmental consultant with more than 20 years’ experience in waste management which includes operational systems assessments, waste management strategy and policy development, waste data analysis, managing and conducting waste audits of residential, commercial, industrial, landfill and MRF streams and in remote locations.

Position: Senior Environmental Consultant – Waste Management - Sydney, NSW
Tel: +61 2 92397180

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Alison Colella

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Alison has more than 10 years’ experience in consulting to organisations within the public and private sectors. She leads the Environment and Planning team on the Gold Coast.

Alison’s key technical skills are in the area of contaminated land management, environmental assessment and management for infrastructure projects, strategic waste planning, environmental management of waste facilities, and environmental management systems.

Position: Principal Engineer - Gold Coast, Qld 
Tel: +61 7 5557 1010

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David Barrett

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David recently joined GHD from Ireland. He is a chartered engineer with more than 12 years’ professional experience in the waste management, environment and mining sectors.

His range of experience encompasses design of waste management facilities and tailings management facilities (including development, rehabilitation and closure projects), regulatory approvals, waste management development plans, closure and post-closure development plans, design/client/CQA engineer on engineered clay, geomembrane and geosynthetic placement contracts, construction and contract management, construction quality assurance and tender assessments.

Position: Senior Civil Engineer - Tuggerah, NSW
Tel: +61 2 4350 4123

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Jeff Matthews

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Jeff is an environmental management and sustainability practitioner, based in Auckland, and has more than 15 years’ experience within the environmental sector.

Since 2009 Jeff has represented GHD on the Wasteminz and Waste Levy panel offering specialist consulting advice to help shape the sustainability and future of waste in New Zealand. Four years ago, Jeff was involved in an interesting research project in to emerging waste technologies on behalf of a client based in Canterbury. This year he has updated that research reporting on what technologies have prospered and what new things may be on the horizon.

He is adept with the development, implementation, training and auditing of Environmental Management Systems (EMS), programme and process design, sustainable resource management, integrated sustainable design, renewable energy use, and climate change adaptation policies. With his specialist experience in waste management and his sound and varied environmental background, Jeff is an ideal point of contact.

Position: Principal Water Consultant
Tel: +64 9 370 8200

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