Information on Clayton Hall Landfill Site, Whittle le Woods, Lancashire

Closed 30 Apr 2024

Opened 6 Feb 2018


We have created this page to provide easy access to information on Clayton Hall Landfill Site.

Since December 2023, we have recorded an increased number of reports of odour from Clayton Hall Landfill site.

We will keep the community up to date with any developments on our response to the increased reports and will share any new updates here. Please check back regularly for further information.

This page was last updated on 11 April 2024

Recent Updates:

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Below are links to the updates that have been shared recently:

Clayton Hall community update 11 April 2024

Clayton Hall community update 18 March 2024

Clayton Hall community update 29 February 2024

Clayton Hall community update 16 February 2024

Clayton Hall community update 06 February 2024

Clayton Hall community update 16 January 2024


What is the Environment Agency doing?

Our focus is to make sure that the site operator, Quercia, takes the right actions to minimise odour. We know that odour is very distressing for people and it affects all aspects of wellbeing. We are:

  • Increasing our compliance inspection frequency of the site and will have additional officers in the community carrying out odour checks. You may see some of our officers out and about in your area. We have to carry out these checks in order to verify the source and intensity of the odour in the area.
  • Investigating the source of the odours, which we currently believe to be coming from waste being stockpiled on site. Where we find unacceptable levels of odour coming from the site, we will use the appropriate regulatory powers to ensure that the operators fix the problem as soon as possible.
  • Continuing to work with Lancashire County Council (LCC), Chorley Borough Council (CBC) and the Clayton Hall Landfill Liaison Committee to hold the operator to account.

Who else is involved?

LCC have taken action under planning controls to require Quercia Limited to reduce the height of the stockpiled waste.

We are aware that some of the reports we have received reference how the impacts of the odour are affecting residents both physically and mentally. 

We are keeping LCC Public Health and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) updated on the situation. We are also providing updates to CBC's Environmental Health department.

Reporting Odour

Many thanks to people who have taken the time to report the odour. We encourage residents to continue to report incidents to our hotline on:

0800 80 70 60

This helps us to build up a picture of the extent and impact of the issue.


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