Shires of Broome, Derby/West Kimberley, Halls Creek and Wyndham East Kimberley


  • Continued involvement with Kimberley councils on Regional Waste Management Planning

  • Understanding of unique factors effecting vast regional area

  • Facilitation and encouragement of cross-council collaboration

  • Development of action plan, project costings, implementation timetable and risk assessment

ASK has worked with the Kimberley Councils since 2008 and was asked to update the previous RWMP produced by ASK in 2013.  The RWMP provides the Councils with a clear, costed five year action plan to meet their objectives and targets.

The review was updated to include up-to-date waste management services provided, waste generation projections, issues and objectives.

ASK presented the baseline data review for the region at a Kimberley Zone meeting and facilitated an agreed framework for development of the actions to support the new plan.  Following this workshop with the four Councils, a new RWMP was developed including a five-year action plan, project costings, timetable for implementation and risk assessment.

The 2018-2023 Regional Waste Management Plan focuses on capitalising on the benefits of collaboration within the region and includes an action plan, project costings, timetable for implementation and risk assessment. The action plan is aimed at increasing recycling and the operational life of the Council’s landfills.

The plan considers and reflects the unique factors faced by the Kimberley Region, such as small population communities, distance from metropolitan centres and the management of rural landfills.

Office of Emergency Management


  • First complete Emergency Waste Management report for WA

  • Research and review of EWM issues and solutions

  • Development of useful tools and guidance documents

  • Agreement of uptake by OEM

ASK produced the first complete report of Emergency Waste Management (EWM) for the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in Western Australia. The report highlights the important role of EWM in the prompt and efficient recovery of impacted communities.

ASK investigated EWM issues in WA, liaised with a wide range of government departments and industry stakeholders, identified key barriers, reviewed legislation and stakeholder obligations, and researched state, national and international solutions.

The extensive report included a series of recommendations to improve the management of emergency waste in WA and assist the development of supporting tools and guidance documents for practitioners, and a suggested best practice approach to assist the preparation and management of emergency waste to enable effective and prompt recovery.

ASK presented the report to the State Emergency Recovery Committee and, following high praise and agreement to adopt many of the recommendations, a government working group was formed to follow through with the suggestions.

Bunbury Harvey Regional Council


  • Design of first lined cells at BHRC landfill site

  • Establishing lined cells adjoining existing unlined areas

  • Collaborative landfill cell engineering and design

  • Environmental Monitoring Plans including Risk Assessment

In collaboration with long-time collaborative partner Greentec Consulting, a specialist in landfill engineering, ASK led the design process for the first lined cells at the Bunbury-Harvey Regional Council’s (BHRC) Stanley Road Waste Management Facility.

The project involved joining the proposed lined cells with the existing unlined cells in a design which maximised airspace and minimised construction costs in consideration of the characteristics of the site.

The engineering design component included assessing all relevant criteria and constraints, and preparing an overall landfill design that meets the assessed requirements, as well as concept engineering drawings and a report for approvals submission.

The team has assessed landfill development, groundwater protection, stormwater management, leachate management and landfill gas management for the proposed development including modelling, review of case studies or other engineering justification where relevant.

Landfill and Construction Environmental Management Plans (EMP) were produced outlining the environmental receptors, constraints and measures proposed to ensure the continued disposal of waste has minimal impact on the surrounding environment.  The EMPs included a Risk Assessment of the proposal in line with regulatory requirements. A Landfill Closure Management Plan was also developed for this project.

This project is on-going. For more information, please contact ASK.

Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley


  • Long-term trusted close relationship between SWEK and ASK

  • Identification, environmental monitoring and approvals for new landfill site

  • De-commission of old liquid waste lagoon and treatment of contaminated sludge

  • Advice for general operations and facilitation of training staff and managers

ASK has been assisting SWEK with their waste services and infrastructure since 2011.

Advice varies from specific projects, such as the identification, assessment and approvals for a new landfill site or the design and approvals for a new transfer station; through to general advice relating to daily management of the facilities or any unusual issues that arise.

ASK and SWEK have developed a trusted close relationship that ensures the Shire receives prompt, cost effective advice appropriate for the resource and factors faced in the East Kimberley.  Specific projects include:

  • introducing operational structures to ensure regulatory compliance;

  • training new landfill staff and managers;

  • feasibility studies and business case development for new waste and recycling services;

  • developing the layout for a new transfer station to replace a nearly full rural landfill;

  • establishing and monitoring groundwater bores to assess a potential new landfill site;

  • de-commissioning old liquid waste lagoon and treating the contaminated sludge;

  • producing a Landfill Operational Improvement Plan and Landfill Closure Management Plan;

  • facilitating workshop with new manager to summarise legacy issues, future strategy and waste services; and

  • collating data and completing annual reporting.

Shire of Mundaring


  • Comprehensive economic and operational review of transfer station contract with external operators

  • Calculation of total costs for the management of each material stream including cost per tonne

  • Follow through on cost-saving recommendations

The Shire of Mundaring’s transfer stations were operated by a contractor and the Shire looked to ASK to determine how well the transfer station was being operated and to benchmark the cost of the service.

 ASK had previously worked with the Shire on waste management projects such as the production of an Asbestos Management Plan, changes to licence conditions, and Hazardous Waste Management Plans.

 ASK completed a comprehensive review of the facilities siting and operations, opening hours, staffing, customer numbers and plant. The financial details of the facilities were collated and analysed to determine the total costs and revenues.  The cost to manage (dispose or recycle) each material stream was calculated and benchmarked, identifying a number of areas were costs could be reduced for certain material types.

 Operational issues assessed included undefined operational task distribution, staffing levels at the transfer stations and opening hours.  ASK produced a report listing the findings and recommendations and held a workshop with the Shire’s Executive team to discuss the report and future actions.

 The project resulted in ASK producing an Operational Management Plan for the transfer stations, together with a task matrix to define the responsibilities of the contractor and Shire at the facilities.

Shires of Capel and Dardanup,
and Bunbury Harvey Regional Council



  • Establishment of first FOGO service in WA

  • Data collection and analysis to determine available organic waste quantities

  • Review and assessment of alternative waste treatment options and bin collection systems

  • Production of Business Case, Project Management Plan, Quality Management Plan and Waste Authority funding applications

While working as the Waste and Recycling Project Officer at the Shire of Capel, Sam quantified organic waste generation in the south west of WA, identified feasible alternative waste treatment options and developed a Strategic Plan for organic waste management in the region.

The project also included a thorough data collection and analysis process involving multiple stakeholders to determine waste quantities, an economic assessment of two-bin compared to three-bin collection systems and potential cost-effective treatment options.

As a result, the first FOGO services in WA were established in the Shire of Capel and the City of Bunbury.

Sam assisted the Bunbury Harvey Regional Council with the planning and development of a composting facility to process the FOGO waste collected from the three-bin system. This involved a review of processing options, and the preparation of a Business Case, Project Management Plan, Quality Management Plan and two grant applications.

ASK were engaged to produce the regulatory approval application for the FOGO composting facility.

WA Waste Authority / Department of Water
and Environmental Regulation


  • Understand, monitor and compile current industry players in WA

  • Development of user-friendly surveys including support hotline

  • Collation and analysis of large data sets

  • Annual report writing for high-level distribution

Since 2013, ASK has developed, compiled and produced the annual WA recycling activity survey and report for the WA Waste Authority and DWER.

The project involves keeping a large, up-to-date database of recycling and reprocessing organisations in the region, developing user-friendly sector-specific surveys, and analysing, verifying and compiling the data to be included in the annual report published on the Waste Authority website.

Annually ASK sends surveys over 60 recycling organisations in Western Australia to collect data about the materials and quantities diverted from landfill. Additionally information is complied from ABS export data, the State’s landfills and local governments.

The data is used to produce the annual Recycling Activity Report, providing a summary of the state’s waste generation, diversion and disposal tonnages for multiple material streams and tracks progress towards achieving the targets of the State’s Waste Strategy.,

As part of the project, ASK has visited over 30 different organisations, held industry sector-based workshops, and provided a telephone helpline to assist with the completion of the surveys.

This project is on-going. For more information, please contact ASK.

City of Greater Geraldton


  • Groundwater bore monitoring and sampling in the field

  • Production of Annual Environmental Report

ASK completed groundwater sampling at the City of Greater Geraldton’s Meru Class III landfill facility and produced the Annual Environmental Report for submission to DWER.

ASK mobilised our field team to Geraldton and liaised with the City’s staff and site contractors.  After completing the site OH&S induction, our team collected the groundwater samples from difficult-to-access bores. ASK stored and transported the samples directly to the NATA accredited laboratory.

The laboratory results were immediately reviewed to check for any anomalies. Once the results were ‘approved’ as valid, the results were collated and used to produce the Annual Environment Report (AER).

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale


  • Comprehensive waste collection contract review

  • Cost-saving recommendations on procurement process

  • Application of deep industry knowledge and best practice procurement principles

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale engaged ASK in reviewing its soon-to-expire waste collection contract and make recommendations on the procurement process that the Shire should employ to replace it.

ASK employed its deep industry knowledge and best practice procurement principles to produce a series of recommendations that the Shire could use to ensure that its ratepayers receive cost effective waste service delivery.

Issues that were addressed in the review included the potential impact of China’s material import restrictions, changes in waste collection systems (e.g. FOGO), introduction of the WALGA Preferred Supplier Program for waste collection, and the detrimental cost implications of a fixed annual rate increase mechanism over the life of the contract.

A summary report was provided to the Shire that outlined ASK’s findings and detailed several recommendations to ensure the procurement process encouraged competitive bids from the market.

JBG Quinn & Sons (UK)


  • Long-term relationship with UK recycling company

  • Alternative waste method that encourages circular economy

  • Multiple environmental permits approved each year

  • Comprehensive understanding of soil management, GIS mapping, modern farming techniques and strict regulations and guidelines.

ASK has worked with JBG Quinn & Sons for over 10 years to ensure the regulatory compliance with their extensive waste recycling operations in the southwest of England.

Waste generated by numerous food processors is recycled to agricultural land to provide nutrients for crop growth and improve soil structure.

Under the UK Environment Agency permitting system, many wastes are matched with crop requirements at multiple farms.

The process requires a high level of understanding of the strict regulations in place, particularly the AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209), as well as soil management, crop rotation, GIS mapping, and modern farming techniques.

ASK has submitted thousands of successful landspreading permits and continues to work with JBG Quinn & Sons to expand relationships with waste producers and farmers as the regulators continue to accept the use of a wide variety of wastes as fertiliser to provide agricultural benefit to the soil and for crop growth.