Group banned from operating landfill site

A company has been banned from operating a landfill site in Melbourne's west because it failed to address odour problems.

Victoria's Environment Protection Authority on Wednesday cancelled Barro Group's licence to operate the Sunshine Landfill site in Kealba.

The company's licence has been suspended since September 2021 because the landfill's odour was escaping and affecting the local community.

"Barro Group has failed to bring this site into compliance and is no longer allowed the privilege of holding an EPA licence," the authority's chief executive Lee Miezis said in a statement.

"The community has the right to live in an environment not impacted by odour from this landfill."

AAP has contacted Barro Group for comment.

Mr Miezis said lawyers acting for the company provided a preliminary report to the authority, stating it could take 12 to 18 months to excavate an additional 90,000 to 100,000 cubic metres of the offensive material.

"This new information contradicts earlier advice Barro Group has provided to EPA and the community about the time required to extinguish the remaining hotspots," he said.

"As recently as last October they suggested they were about 90 per cent of the way to extinguishing the hotspots and expected to be complete by the end of 2022.

"It is inconceivable that they should suddenly have discovered this huge additional amount of waste and the apparent need for another year and a half to remove it."

The authority will continue to monitor air quality and odour from the site and provide this information to the community.