Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Operating your landfill site

Operating your landfill site

Landfill sites and the waste sent to them are tightly regulated by environmental legislation. This sets out the standards that operators must meet to prevent pollution, for example to stop chemicals (leachate) leaking into surrounding land or water. You must ensure that certain wastes are not sent to landfill and that specific criteria and procedures are met before waste is landfilled.

You must have a pollution prevention and control (PPC) permit to operate a landfill site. This will control your environmental impact through conditions that you must comply with.

This guide provides information on waste that cannot be landfilled and how waste is accepted at landfills, including waste acceptance criteria and procedures. It also covers key issues relating to PPC permits, dealing with problematic waste streams, how the Landfill Tax affects landfill operators and designing and monitoring landfill facilities.

Additional resources

Pollution prevention and control permits for landfill sites

Before you start operating a landfill site, you must have a pollution prevention and control (PPC) permit

Wastes you cannot landfill

There are certain types of waste that you cannot accept at your landfill.

Designing and monitoring landfills

Landfill engineering includes the design and construction of a landfill facility

 

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