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Permanent Isolation Solutions
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  • Tellus specialises in difficult to manage hazardous materials
  • Isolate "like with like" in a controlled surface or underground environment with man-made and natural barriers (multi-barrier containment system)
  • Customers sharing the same values as us where we both see waste as a valuable resource where we should find ways for it to renter the circular economy or stored safely until it can
  • Sustainable and safe solution - removal of hazardous material from the biosphere
  • Provides quick and easy to use solutions through a simple above ground and underground warehouse business
  • Affordability and long term price predictability
  • Domestic solution supporting new value-added materials and resources, instead of shipping our waste offshore
  • Provides confidence to your stakeholders that you are using best available techniques
  • Improves your social license to operate
  • Quality assurance program supported by Tellus-Acceptance©, Tellus-Storage©, Tellus-Recovery© Certificates
  • Reduction of liability
  • Supporting an innovative company in the business of finding economic, environmental and social value in some difficult to manage wastes.
 
Governments globally are increasingly seeking alternative options to surface landfill of hazardous waste as they move away from the linear economy of “Take, Make and Dispose” and seek long term environmental performance.

Geological repositories are considered by governments globally to have the ability to contain hazardous waste over the long term.

The waste materials should be viewed as a future valuable resource where opportunities get created for the materials to re-enter the circular economy or be stored safely until it can re-enter the economy or be permanently isolated.

For additional information on the Benefits of a Geological Repository click here »
  Benefits of a Geological Repository
 
Facility Safety Case Facility Safety Case
Tellus Facilities are supported by a detailed safety case, covering operations, closure and post-closure.
Hazardous waste in Australia is regulated by the states and territories, which variously describe these waste types as controlled, trackable, prescribed, listed or regulated wastes.

Hazardous waste is waste that is a management problem by virtue of its toxicity or chemical or physical characteristics which make it difficult to dispose of or treat safely and is not suitable for disposal in a Class I, II, III or IV landfill, but is suitable in a geological repository (Class V).

Tellus is a wholesale service provider and is predominantly focused on industrial generated hazardous waste. Tellus' facilities are not open to the public (households).

However Tellus will receive household hazardous waste via reputable waste management companies that will collect hazardous waste from households and bring it to Tellus facilities.

For additional information on the What is Hazardous Waste? Click here »
  What is Haz Waste?
All waste types have strict acceptance criteria and require stringent handling, storage, recovery and permanent isolation methods.

Tellus has dedicated managers supported by independent NATA accredited laboratories on and off site that ensures that your materials are provided with the highest level of operational safety, quality and compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements.

Tellus does not provide waste collection and transportation service, but can recommend its preferred operators that use licenced truck and rail operators to transport the materials to the Tellus facility.

Acceptable waste
"Acceptable Waste" will mean Waste that is delivered and which meets the acceptance criteria pursuant to the relevant Conditions of Acceptance for the Nominated Licenced Facility (CANF).

The Waste Acceptance Proforma must be completed by waste owners to enable an assessment of waste suitability for storage or isolation at one of the Tellus facilities.

Unacceptable waste
Tellus' waste acceptance criteria details the properties and characteristics that deem wastes unsuitable for storage or disposal at Tellus' facilities.

Conditions of Acceptance for the Nominated Licenced Facility (CANF)
Refer to the Conditions of Acceptance for the Nominated Licenced Facility:
 
In addition to Tellus' core services of storage, recovery and permanent isolation at one of Tellus Licenced Facilities, we can partner with the Customers preferred service providers for additional lab services, container supply, collection & transport to Tellus' sites, or we can recommend our preferred service providers.

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Preferred reputable licenced third party contractors that Tellus can recommend or the customers preferred service provider(s) can collect, package in approved containers and transport to Tellus sites for the safe storage or permanent isolation of the waste materials. All third party collection and Tellus storage and permanent isolation services will be compliant with the relevant regulatory bodies.

For a description of Tellus' strict waste acceptance criteria of acceptable waste and unacceptable waste at each of Tellus' Nominated Facilities click here »

For a description of the household and industrial solid hazardous wastes that could be accepted at each of Tellus' Nominated Facilities click here »
 
Preferred reputable licenced third party contractors that Tellus can recommend, or the customers preferred service provider(s) can collect via bulk tanker, packaged in suitable containers, drums or bins and transport to Tellus sites for the safe storage of the waste materials. All third party collection and Tellus storage services will be compliant with the relevant regulatory requirements.

Liquid wastes are normally excluded from direct disposal in landfills and geological repositories however Tellus is currently developing bespoke liquid solidification solutions with its service providers which will allow the disposal and permanent isolation of such wastes (TellusSolidification©).

For a description of Tellus' strict waste acceptance criteria of acceptable waste and unacceptable waste at each of Tellus' Nominated Facilities click here »

For a description of the household and industrial solid hazardous wastes that could be accepted at each of Tellus' Nominated Facilities click here »
 
Sandy Ridge - ClayVault®
  • Liquid wastes will be blended with kaolin clay and other materials to create a stable waste form suitable for permanent isolation
  • The resulting waste form will have structural stability and prevent any leaching of liquids
  • The result is difficult to manage wastes are permanently isolated within a suitable waste form contained within a kaolin cell where the natural geological barrier eliminates any release of material to the biosphere.
Chandler - SaltVault®
  • Liquid wastes will blended with salt brine, dry powdered wastes and other materials in a controlled mixing plant located on the surface to create a waste form suitable for permanent isolation
  • The waste will be pumped underground as a viscous solution and deposited in specially mined salt vaults
  • The resulting waste form will set like concrete and have structural stability and prevent any leaching of liquids
  • The result is difficult to manage wastes are permanently isolated within an 800m deep salt bed where the natural geological barriers eliminate any release of material to the biosphere.
 
Tellus will also work with our Customers own reputable preferred laboratory service providers.

These services will be provided at the lab’ providers existing facilities based on a hub and spoke model and Tellus own Licenced Facilities. Where specialist lab services are required, Tellus can draw on the international expertise of the lab service provider has, due to their extensive international footprint.

Classifying waste prior to disposal not only ensures compliance, but can also save costs.

Our preferred lab service provider along with our managers can also assist in the identification of waste.

Tellus labs will also be providing:
  • Kaolin and salt commodity analysis
  • Project site environmental monitoring data (air, surface & groundwater etc.)
  • Hazardous (chemical) waste characterisation and classification
Tellus has commenced a The Laboratory Services Scoping Study that includes:
  • Identifying and quantifying laboratory service and physical test requirements and procedures (on-site and off-site)
  • Service quality management - e.g. sample transport and logistics / turnaround times / contingency requirements
  • Development of a robust waste characterisation and waste acceptance criteria methodology
  • Development of safety management and performance criteria
  • Methodology for recruitment and retention of laboratory staff
  • Data management & reporting systems and accreditations to reflect Tellus waste acceptance / storage and permanent isolation certification process
  • Laboratory design support
  • Identification and specification of laboratory equipment
  • Innovation and value added services.
 
We do not provide containers and drums to store liquid and solid waste, or replacement receptacles for containers removed from customers site, however we can recommend preferred suppliers.

Tellus will also work with our Customers own reputable preferred container suppliers.

Waste packaging and transport systems are risk assessed prior to departure to confirm they are appropriate for the type and nature of the waste material.

Waste packaging comprises multiple packaging layers will be utilised during transport storage and isolation.

Typically a minimum of two containment layers and often three e.g.
  • Plastic lined sealed steel drums on a pallet, strapped together, wrapped
  • Hazardous waste rated (double layered) sealed one tonne bulker bags
  • Special sealed containers
Packages placed in sealed 20 or 40 foot shipping containers.
 
We do not provide collection and transport services from customer's site, however we can recommend preferred reputable licensed logistics companies.

Tellus will also work with our Customers own reputable preferred collection and transport logistics suppliers.

All vehicles used to transport liquids, hazardous and dangerous goods will be licenced by state regulatory bodies.

Waste packaging and transport systems are risk assessed prior to departure to confirm they are appropriate for the type and nature of the waste material.

Materials are always transported “like with like”.

Sealed containers are transported mostly via rail to the Apirnta siding facility and then trucked on a private road to the Chandler Facility on a regular basis, or in the case of Sandy Ridge, transported mostly via rail to Kalgoorlie, then public road west already servicing the mining industry and then up a private road.

Transport to site is only possible with Tellus' approval (Tellus QA/QC system).

Vehicle Safety Features:
  • On-board tracking devices
  • Spill kits
  • Rotating flashing beacons
Tellus preferred logistics service providers have a wide-range of vehicles to service liquid and solid waste customers including:
  • Rail carriages with secure locks for shipping containers
  • Vacuum Tankers from 1,500 litres
  • B-Doubles capable of transporting 30-40,000 litres
  • Transportation for between 1 and 22 pallets of sealed packages
  • Bulk transporters
Depending on the location and service requirements of your operations, our preferred service provider's vehicles are available in metropolitan and regional areas, including interstate transporting.
 
Installation of a weighbridge facilitates the measurement and accountability of materials which is essential to the legal operation so that regulators, Tellus and our customers can keep track of the waste transfer for audit purposes.

Tellus provides a printed measurement control document with photos to the driver at the time of weighing at the first point of entry to Tellus facilities.

Tellus maintains a record of all materials brought onto site(s), via a weighbridge showing where the material was weighed, the identifying number and type of vehicle/containers, a description of the materials and the date and time at site.
 
Storage or permanent isolation reports and certificates will be provided for compliance, auditing or statutory requirements.
 
Tellus-Acceptance© and Tellus-Storage© Certificates
When the storage materials arrive on site and have been inspected a Tellus-Acceptance© Certificate will be issued.

When the storage materials have come to rest in their designated storage area a Tellus-Storage© Certificate will be issued.

Tellus-Recovery© Certificate
In the event a customer wants their stored material recycled or recovered, then a specifically tailored recovery feasibility study is completed. If the study confirms it is technically and commercially viable then this will be implemented and may be subject to additional regulatory approvals.

Tellus- Permanent Isolation© Certificate (PIC)
When the storage materials have come to rest in their final resting place a Tellus-Permanent Isolation© Certificate (PIC) will be issued.
 
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GM Sales and Marketing

Mr Richard McAree
[email protected]
Tel: +61 2 8257 3395
 
 
 
 
 
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