Information on Landfill Sites

Andrew Jenkins made this Freedom of Information request to Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council,

I would like to know the following;
• How many landfill sites does the council possess, both defunct and operating?
• How many landfill sites in the council’s jurisdiction are ran privately, and if so by whom?
• How many landfill sites, old or new, were operating before 1994?
• Are there any landfill sites that are currently at risk of coastal erosion, or are actively leaching into the sea?

Thanks for your time.

Kind Regards,

Andrew Jenkins

CSG InformationRights, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Jenkins

I refer to the request, which you have made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for records held by this service.

Acknowledgement

Your request was received by this department on 28 August 2020. The officer handling your request is Neil Wilkinson.

Whilst every effort will be made to respond to your request within the time limit of 20 working days, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on services across the organisation, you are unlikely to receive a full response within that time frame. Whilst it may be possible to respond to part of your request within the 20 working day timescale, you will be provided with a full response as soon as it is practicable to do so.

Yours sincerely
Thanks
Information Rights Officer

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Dear CSG InformationRights,

The timescale for responding to the FOI I requested has now passed.

Is it possible for you to give an update as to the progress of the request?

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Jenkins

CSG InformationRights, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Jenkins

Having considered the nature of your request, the following response is provided to you pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations 2004:

• How many landfill sites does the council possess, both defunct and operating?

There are no operating landfill sites owned by Gateshead Council. There are four defunct restored landfills owned by Gateshead Council which have a permanent gas extraction and flare system installed within their boundaries to prevent migration of landfill gas. In addition, perimeter gas monitoring boreholes are regularly monitored to assess landfill gas levels at the four sites.
Some of the landfill designations as classified by the Environment Agency aren’t strictly landfills with areas subject to infill to reclaim open cast, licences for importation of fill on reclamation sites e.g. Metro centre all classified by the EA as landfill.

There are currently 85 landfills in total as classified by the Environment Agency both defunct and operating within the Gateshead area.

• How many landfill sites in the council’s jurisdiction are ran privately, and if so by whom?

There is only one landfill in operation within the Gateshead area which has a landfill permit managed and administered by the current operator Octagon Green Solutions Limited. There is another private landfill site which was last operational in January 2017 and is currently being restored. and is operated by Suez. Both sites fall under the planning control of Gateshead Council in terms of restoration, though the management is regulated by the Environment Agency.

There are four defunct restored landfills owned by Gateshead Council which have a permanent gas extraction and flare system installed within their boundaries to prevent migration of landfill gas and maintained by a private contractor, but managed by Gateshead Council. In addition, perimeter gas monitoring boreholes are regularly monitored to assess landfill gas levels at the four sites.

The remainder of the 79 landfill sites listed and classified by the EA are not subject to Council management, as many of them are situated on private land or are on areas of public open space and are not actively managed.

• How many landfill sites, old or new, were operating before 1994?

Before 1994 there was 85 inactive/ active landfills and after 1994 only 5 in operation at that time. Some of these aren’t strictly landfills and weren’t used to deposit household/ commercial/ industrial waste and were classified by the EA as landfills as they held a licence for importation of reclamation material such as clay/ sub soil etc.

• Are there any landfill sites that are currently at risk of coastal erosion, or are actively leaching into the sea?

Gateshead Council does not have a coastal area within its Borough Boundaries.

Please note:
The information provided in response to your request is copyright Gateshead Council unless otherwise endorsed. Granting access to this information under the Freedom of Information Act does not permit you to re-use the information provided for commercial purposes, for photocopying or reproduction in any form. If you wish to re-use the information you need to apply for a Licence. You can do this by writing to Information Rights Officer, Corporate Services and Governance, 1st Floor, Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH or email [Gateshead Council request email]. You may be required to pay a fee or comply with conditions for permitted re-use.

Yours sincerely
Information Rights Officer

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