Stormwater Management

At Birkenhead, we have a comprehensive management programme in place to recycle stormwater on site, reducing our use of mains water. This includes having six main catchment areas strategically placed around the site to maximise the volume of stormwater we recycle.

Water recycling

As well as stormwater, we capture water run-off from our truck washes that is also recycled on site.

Water that contains traces of silt is typically treated through sedimentation, catchment and filtration systems, including surface and underground sumps, settling ponds and reeds that improve the water quality.

Wetland-DuckTreated and captured water is then used to irrigate gardens around the site or recycled into our wetlands/stormwater catchment areas, including Schroder Park and our southern wetland areas.

The wetlands provide an excellent habitat for a wide range of native flora and fauna. Schroder Park is also a popular place for the community and local schools to come and visit. 

The continuous supply of quality recycled water to our wetlands and gardens ensures the healthy ecosystem is maintained all year round, allowing plants and wildlife to flourish.

Plants On SiteFuture Plans

A comprehensive study is currently underway to help us identify and further enhance our stormwater management and water recycling at Birkenhead.

There are also plans to relocate our southern stockpiles, which would reduce the suspended soils loads in the area and result in improved quality of stormwater runoffs.

We are committed to continually finding ways to conserve water at Birkenhead and have a Water Efficiency Team dedicated to identifying improvements.

LICENCE RENEWAL – October 2017

Our current Birkenhead EPA licence is due to expire in October 2017. We are currently working with the EPA on new licence requirements, with initial meetings particularly focussing on air quality. As a local resident, we encourage you to let us know how you feel we can improve our new licence conditions. You can provide your feedback via the ‘Contact Us’ page. You can also view our existing licence and initiatives on this site. more >>

Frequently Asked Questions On Health

The Birkenhead plant and the local community have co-existed for over 100 years, with a large number of residents working for Adelaide Brighton Cement and living in the area. The local community often ask questions on the topic of health. We have prepared a list of frequently asked health questions. more >>

The New Environmental Improvement Program

The New Environmental Improvement Program is now available to download. Click through to access the PDF. more >>