NSW What is a safe living distance from a landfill?

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  1. andii

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    I'm interested in purchasing some land in the Hillview estate at Louth Park, NSW.

    The purchase would be for my kids, wife and I as a forever home.

    I've noticed there is a landfill (Mt Vincent Road Waste management Centre) 2.7km away.

    The land is West, WSW of the landfill. Upon seeing the wind avg. of the last five years (Louth Park Wind Forecast, NSW 2320 - WillyWeather) it seems approx 12% of the time, wind blows from the direction of the landfill to Hillview.

    After reading Morbidity and mortality of people who live close to municipal waste landfills: a multisite cohort study its made me doubt purchasing the land. I understand Italy's landfill areas would be a different standard to here in Australia but still makes you think about possible consequences.

    What do you think would be a safe living distance from a landfill?
    What is everyone's thoughts?
    What would you do?

    Thanks in advance for any replies.
     
  2. spludgey

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    Maybe 10m?
    What are you worried about in particular?
     
  3. Marg4000

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    Levels also play a part, as contaminants leach into underground water drainage.
    Is the land higher or lower than the landfill site?
     
  4. andii

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    "Exposure to H 2 S, a tracer of airborne contamination from landfills, was associated with lung cancer mortality as well as with mortality and morbidity for respiratory diseases. The link with respiratory disease is plausible and coherent with previous studies, whereas the association with lung cancer deserves confirmation."

    From link provided earlier.

    Also bad odors.
     
  5. andii

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    How many years capacity does the site have before it is full and no longer used? Where is the next pit? When does that one come into use?
     
  7. andii

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    About 19 years. Did a quick calculation so its guestimation.

    Was based off this articles approved expansions numbers (Mount Vincent tip would have filled within a year, if expansion wasn’t approved) and last years landfill received (24000 tonnes). This was on the waste management website.

    Most probably less since population is increasing in the areas that use the landfill.
     
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    There are some suburbs in Sydney that are effectively built on landfill...
     
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    Consider resale values. if you are concerned about the proximity to the landfill, will future buyers have the same concerns?
     
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    Not from what I've read. H2S is certainly smelly, even in ppb concentrations, but as far as I'm aware, not dangerous below 10ppm (which you won't get near a landfill).
     
  11. andii

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    Interesting, I'll look into types of waste they take and the amount of gas emissions etc they have recorded and make a decision from there.