Running a landfill site

Last updated: 26 September 2017

Landfill sites are places where waste that can't be reused or recycled is buried. You need permission to run a landfill site and must follow the regulations.

Only certain kinds of waste can go to a landfill site and you have to make sure the waste is buried properly, eg that no polluting liquids leak into the groundwater.

  1. Check which waste is suitable for landfill.
  2. Apply for a pollution prevention and control permit.
  3. To store special waste, first carry out a classification and assessment.

All landfill site operators have to register for and pay landfill tax.

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