BeneTerra News

BeneTerra News

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BeneTerra completes new landfill cell for Lockyer Valley Regional Council

We are pleased to share that the construction of Cell 5 at Gatton Landfill has been completed. Our strategy of utilising local suppliers and contractors wherever possible made delivering this contract on time and on budget possible.

BeneTerra would like to thank Lockyer Valley Regional Council for awarding us with our first ever landfill cell construction contract. The 6 month project has provided the Lockyer Valley region with a further 150,000 m3 of waste capacity. Special thanks to Christine Blanchard and ATC Williams for their support throughout this project.

We look foward to our ongoing working relationship with Council, helping manage leachate at their landfills.

The team at BeneTerra is now looking forward to our next landfill cell construction project.

#landfill #landfillcellconstruction



Celebrating 10 years since our first dam rehabilitation project

It was 10 years ago this month – September 2013 – that BeneTerra commenced its first contract utilising our skill sets for both land rehabilitation, problem solving and wastewater treatment. There were 5 old CSG ponds, 500,000 litres of highly saline water, torn liners, high sediment loads and it was all in a remote central Queensland location.

All 5 sites were fully vegetated less than 6 months following the works. Ethel (our first BeneVap) treated the 500,000 litres of water and reduced it to around 70 tonnes of 99%+ sodium chloride salt. Everyone was hands on even our Chairman as you can see in the pictures.

10 years on with the same client and we have rehabilitated 60 ponds and we maintain 30 others. Ethel has moved out of CSG and is still operating but now lives in a landfill near Brisbane processing leachate and is a testament to the endurance of our technology.

Going through the photos from those days brought back some great memories although we aren’t sure any of us want to shovel salt or pull liners from muddy ponds by hand ever again! We have moved on and developed innovative techniques for managing these challenges that has improved the outcomes in all areas – health & safety, environment, productivity and quality.


Nikita Sharma receives WMRR Young Professional Scholarship 2023

We are very proud to have received the news that Nikita Sharma has been awarded the Young Professional Scholarship 2023 by the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia. Nikita has been employed at BeneTerra for 4 years since she completed her Masters of Engineering Science (Environmental Engineering). Nikita also has a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering.

Nikita is a key part of our Water Technologies team and has developed a deep understanding and expertise in landfill leachate and wastewater treatment. She leads our R&D effort into areas including chemical reagents and their potential for use in landfills, PFAS treatments and destruction, odour causing compounds and also gets involved with the team around BeneVap operations and improvements, PLC programming, foam fractionator trials etc. She is busy!

Nikita is going to be speaking about landfill leachate management techniques at the upcoming Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia Australian Landfills and Tranfer Stations conference in Melbourne (June21 to 23). Come and listen to her talk or visit Nikita and our team at the BeneTerra booth at the show.

Congratulations Nikita. Well deserved! We are very proud.


Local Buy Pre-Qualified Supplier

BeneTerra has successfully been verified as a Local Buy pre-qualified supplier for Engineering and Environmental Consultancy Services LB312. This verification confirms that our business has met all financial, workplace health and safety, environmental and quality requirements to be appointed to an LGA arrangement, as per Local Government Regulation 2012 (Qld) 


BeneTerra Expands Landfill Services

There is a lot more to BeneTerra than many realise. In another first,  BeneTerra recently reinstalled a geotextile separation layer for a regional Queensland council landfill.  The council had previously installed the layer only to have it destroyed by one of Queensland’s famous summer storms.  We were able to arrange for the QC/QA checks on the existing replacement rolls which were a few years old and ensure there was sufficient material that met the required engineering specifications to complete the installation.  Given the expected timeline between completion of the installation and the first waste being laid in the new cell, we were able to utilise stockpiled car tyres as ballast.  The job was delivered ahead of time, on budget with no variations and importantly within the engineering specification and QA/QC requirements.

BeneTerra has a wide range of skills and expertise that covers almost any job that impacts on environmental compliance.  Separation layers and liner repairs in landfills, regulated dam structures inspections and repairs, erosion prevention and repairs, capping rehabilitation and civil works, irrigation systems, environmental monitoring are just a few of the services we provide to the landfill industry.



First BeneVap Goes to New Zealand

We recently delivered a refurbished BV300 to a landfill near Auckland, New Zealand. The machine known as Christine was originally built in the USA and used on some oil and gas projects there. It was first shipped to Brisbane where BeneTerra staff performed  

upgrades to meet Australia / New Zealand gas and electrical standards. The control program was also upgraded and metricised. 

BV300 headed to New Zealand

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our crew was unable to travel to New Zealand. Commissioning has been a challenge without actually being on site.  Through videos and extensive communications with their counterparts in New Zealand they succeeded. The SCADA system and a cellular  modem allow them to communicate with the control panel and track performance along with the operators on site.

Depicted here (left to right) are staff members Steve Hillsdon, Alastair Berking, Billy Dean

and Tim Woods. Both Steve, whose wife is from New Zealand, and Alastair, a New Zealand citizen, have deep connections there and are anxious to be hands on but travel restrictions have challenged their ability to provide service remotely. 


Harini Pani Presents Landfill Leachate Characteristics and Treatment at WMRR

BeneTerra chemical engineer, Harini Pani, gave a presentation entitled “Landfill leachate characteristics, management and treatment alternatives” on 28 March at the 2019 Waste Management and Resource Recovery conference held in Brisbane, Australia. Harini discussed the biological decomposition processes that affect landfill leachate quality and various treatment alternatives. She further explained how the BeneVap submerged combustion, evapo-concentration process produces a more benign residual that can be returned to the landfill while removing more than 90% of the water volume. 

hashtagwaste hashtagleachate hashtaglandfill hashtagwmrr



BeneTerra and Remondis Win Australian National Innovation Award for Landfills

L to R: Ashley Mason (Remondis), DeKeta Schuckman (BeneTerra), Tony Stapleton (BeneTerra), John Zupancic (BeneTerra), Colin Kangas (Remondis)

The 2019 Waste Management & Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) national innovation and excellence award for landfill operations was given to BeneTerra and Remondis for the Swanbank landfill leachate reduction project. By working closely with BeneTerra to integrate a BeneVap evaporator into their leachate gathering and disposal system, Remondis has been able to tightly manage and control leachate levels within the landfill. Previously, Remondis had recirculated the leachate upon the landfill cap in an effort to evapoconcentrate and that was only marginally effective. The new BeneVap system evaporates 30,000 litres per day from the system  leaving behind 5% residual that is deposited back in the landfill. hashtagwastemanagement hashtagWMRR hashtaginnovation hashtaglandfills hashtagleachate


BeneTerra welcomes two new soil scientists

During Jason Choong’s second year of university he became interested in a soil science course that consisted of practical components and field work where he could be hands on working with soil profiles. He flourished under the mentorship of his honours professor. Now a graduate soil scientist, Jason feels that environmental stewardship is meaningful and important but often overlooked. He signed on because his honours project mirrored what BeneTerra puts into practice. He attained a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, with Honours, from the University of Queensland. His thesis focused on the Effect of basalt soil amendment on soil properties and plant growth. When he’s not researching or working, he enjoys a game of social badminton.

Along with his background working in environmental management, Calvin Leech has submitted his PhD in Soil Science with a Thesis that focuses on bio remediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contaminated soils using a composting process. The PAH compounds are generated during incomplete combustion materials such as coal and some of these PAHS are U.S EPA priority listed pollutants due to being known or potential cancer-causing compounds. During the study he determined the major limitations for the composting remediation strategy and implications for remediation of PAH contaminated MGP soils. Calvin has a Bachelor of Resource Management from the University of New England and is a PhD candidate in soil pollution research. He joined BeneTerra because of the unique opportunity to conduct applied soil science across a range of industries. In his free time, he likes to compose music, ride his mountain bike and play hockey.


Jason Choong


Calvin Leech



BeneTerra welcomes new Team Member

Coby Seaborn joined BeneTerra as a supervisor because he enjoys working with a diverse range of clients and especially BeneTerra’s hands-on approach to environmental management of disturbed environments. “I’m looking forward to learning and gaining quality experience in disturbed land management,” he said.

He brings with him a variety of industry experience with past roles in water management; ground and surface, land protection, weed and feral animal control, community planning, and as an environmental coordinator in oil and gas. He holds qualifications in wilderness reserves and wildlife, as well as natural resource management.