In order to give you the best experience, our website uses cookies. By continuing, you accept that you are happy for us to use these cookies. To get more information on the cookies used on our website please read our Cookie Policy.

Manage Cookies

 
In order to give you the best experience, our website uses cookies. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalised web experience.

You can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Click on the different categories to find out more and change your default settings. However, blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer.


Mandatory cookies

(Req)
These cookies are essential so that you can move around the website and use its features which cannot be switched off in our systems. They are set in response to actions made such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

These cookies are required

Performance cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site.


Marketing cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make to give you better functionality and personal features. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.
Biffa landfill site

Landfill

Over recent years our landfill estate has been reducing in size as more waste is recycled or used as fuel in Energy from Waste facilities. This pattern can be seen across the UK as part of the general drive to divert more recyclable and combustible waste from landfill.

Landfill Waste

Over recent years our landfill estate has been reducing in size as more waste is recycled or used as fuel in Energy from Waste facilities. This pattern can be seen across the UK as part of the general drive to divert more recyclable and combustible waste from landfill. Although, the UK has a substantial shortfall of recycling and energy from waste infrastructure, meaning landfill disposal still plays an important waste management role to help the economy function.

There are also substantial volumes of residual waste from the economy which are not recyclable or suitable for fuel use and which will always have to be safely disposed of by landfill, along with residues from waste treatment and recycling facilities themselves.

Biffa is one of the main operators of landfill services in the UK. In the last year we handled around 3 million tonnes of waste through our 9 remaining operational landfill sites. These sites have a total remaining void of 40M cubic metres. We also manage 62 closed landfill sites in the UK.

Landfill Restoration

Whilst operating, most of our landfill waste sites host regular liaison meetings with local community representatives and stakeholders to help explain operations and address any concerns. Once our landfills are full and stop taking waste, they are capped and restored. This is done in accordance with the Planning Permission and Environmental Permit requirements, typically to after-uses such as agriculture, nature conservation, woodland or public amenity, or combinations of those uses. Long term environmental monitoring and aftercare management is also carried out in accordance with our Environmental Permit requirements.

 

The supporting role of landfill in the Waste hierarchy

Biffa supports the principles of the Waste Hierarchy aimed at maximising waste prevention at the top of the hierarchy and minimising waste disposal at the bottom. But it's important to remember it is a hierarchy with levels which all serve a vital role. And whilst landfill disposal now has a much reduced role, it still provides an essential support function, which cannot be completely avoided.

Current landfill UK resources need protection and, when exhausted, need replacement. For some specific businesses “zero landfill” may be possible, but for most and for the UK as a whole it is not. Landfill disposal infrastructure is still required for non-combustible, non-recyclable wastes. Recycling and residual waste treatment facilities still need landfill outlets for process residues and for contingency during their annual maintenance down times.

Waste management

The role of landfill can be considered at three broad levels in terms of its waste management function:
  • Specialist: dealing with specialist and difficult wastes for which disposal by landfill is the appropriate means of disposal, e.g. asbestos and asbestos contaminated wastes, industrial sludge's and filter cakes, contaminated soils and various inert wastes.
  • Supporting: dealing with process residues and fines from energy recovery and recycling plants and general waste back-up during treatment plant down times; assisting with flexible and localised waste management solutions where other options are unavailable.
  • Bridging: helping to bridge the current and continuing waste treatment infrastructure capacity gap in the UK (the difference between residual waste arisings and available non-landfill waste treatment capacity).
Contact your local Biffa waste management team today and we will be happy to answer any of your questions on landfill waste.

This is an example placeholder for the interactive map - please exit 'Edit' mode in Sitecore, or choose preview mode to see the fully functional map