Residents shell-shocked by tip blasts

Explosions at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility has surprised some local residents.
Explosions at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility has surprised some local residents.

RESIDENTS across the eastern suburbs are have been left shell-shocked by a series of explosions at the Red Hill tip.

They took to social media in their droves to report that their windows were rattling and their houses shaking as a result of detonations from Red Hill last week.

A statement released by the EMRC said two more blasts were planned over the next two weeks as part of an expansion at the tip.

A sign advising residents of the blasting at Red Hill Waste Management Facility.

“A letterbox drop was conducted to residents within 1km of the facility informing them of the planned blasts during January, when the blasting process commenced,” the statement said.

“This is a planned development at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility for landfilling and is simply the next landfill cell for receiving member council and commercial waste.”

The statement said two complaints had been received since January.

“The contractor is licensed and monitors every blast for noise and vibration, which have all been within the guidelines set by the Department of Mines and Petroleum,” the statement said.

“These guidelines are formulated for the protection of public health and safety.

“There are only two more blasts planned over the next two weeks, depending on weather conditions.

“Wet weather can delay the blasting.”

For more information on future blasting, go to the www.emrc.org.au

The member councils of the EMRC are the Shire of Mundaring, Town of Bassendean and cities of Kalamunda, Swan, Bayswater and Belmont.