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Inert Waste and How to Find an Inert Waste Landfill Near You

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Inert waste means “waste that does not undergo any significant physical, chemical or biological transformations”.

Inert waste will not dissolve, burn or otherwise physically or chemically react, biodegrade or adversely affect other matter with which it comes into contact in a way likely to give rise to environmental pollution or harm to human health.

The total leachability and pollutant content of the waste and the ecotoxicity of the leachate must be insignificant, and in particular not endanger the quality of surface water and/or groundwater.

This is the WAMITAB (Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board) definition. Visit WAMITAB here.

How to Find an Inert Waste Landfill Near You in England

There is no central register of active waste landfills in the UK. Finding an inert landfill is usually even less straightforward.

One way would be to talk to waste hauliers in the area and other contractors who may know sites, such as farms which need non-reactive materials such as gravel and stone. Some will be looking for stone to improve farm tracks etc., and will accept very clean granular soils.

Another way would be to contact active waste landfills and ask whether they accept your excess inert excavated soils, for use in developing their landfill.

Landfills are permitted to accept inert waste for use in their temporary and permanent access roads. They may also use it in screening bunds, and restoration materials.

The is a landfill tax to pay, but it is at the lower rate of between £2 and £3 per tonne. The landfill operator may also impose a gate fee.

To find an active landfill willing to accept your excess site soils, you might contact all the big 5 waste companies in turn. You would ask their Head Office staff where they accept inert waste, and how much they would charge, but that is a time consuming process. There are many landfill operators which you would be contacting who won't even have a landfill in your area.

To make getting that list of landfill site location in England, with company names and a full address easier we have devised an unofficial method of obtaining the most up tod ate list of these landfills.

Our Unofficial 2 Step Way to Find Landfills in England

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To find an inert waste landfill which may be willing to accept your inert waste carry out the following:

  • Find a list of landfills in England. To do this we suggest that you use the Environment Agencies public register at environment.data.gov.uk.
  • From the register only partially complete the form to find find landfills (provided for England only), as shown on the image above
  • home-in to landfills near you by filtering the search results for your county name.

Contact the landfill operator from the address provided. Call and ask their receptionist/ weighbridge clerk, whether they accept inert waste at that landfill.

Although the EA's register is not primarily intended as a tool for this purpose you will find most if you search on company name words such as waste or landfill, and you can then refine the search using the built-in filter for your county using the address box.

We have provided a list of UK (England) Landfill Sites here.

The list contains all sites with PPC permits. SOME WILL BE CLOSED LANDFILL SITES. Users must ALWAYS check with site operators before taking any waste to any site.

Inert materials suitable for acceptance, include soil, sand, clay, concrete and more

Most inert waste is produced by the extractive industries (that is quarry mining, initial treatment facilities for quarry materials, etc).
In Europe, for this a waste to be accepted as “inert waste” it must meet a large number of criteria which range from its chemical composition to its potential danger to humans and the environment. Only when a waste has passed these criteria is it considered to be inert.
The reason for that is before these regulations were brought into force the inert waste sites which were created were found to be producing a significantly polluted leachate, most of which discharges into the environment as inert was landfills are not lined nor necessarily capped.

The Problem With Many Historic Inert Waste Landfills

There are many historic inert waste landfills which discharge the rainfall which percolates through them into the groundwater below. The rain also flows around these sites, and possibly also into rivers and streams. If the so-called “inert material” was contaminated with potentially polluting materials (such as wood and other organic matter) this causes pollution.
It only takes a small amount of organic material to be in these materials, before they produce a polluting run-off. The elevated ammonia levels in such wastes can persist for generations.

In terms of the water chemistry, an increased COD, some BOD, and a significant ammoniacal nitrogen above background concentrations, is all that is needed to result in a polluted area of groundwater, and/ or surface water. In such cases this is described as leachate contamination.

You may also want to look at our page about the Inert Waste Acceptance Criteria

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    Hi! This is your Admin:

    We wrote this page to help visitors find an Inert Waste Landfill in England.

    If you were looking for an inert waste site elsewhere, PLEASE comment to tell me where you want to find YOUR inert waste site.

    If we see enough comments for other nations, we will write a specific page for those nations we see here in your commented requests.

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