Highfields Landfill Site, Walsall Road, Walsall, WS99AH

Closes 3 Feb 2021

Opened 3 Feb 2020

Overview

Highfields Landfill Site, Walsall Road, Walsall, WS99AH

This information page explains the work that the Environment Agency is doing to regulate the Enovert North Limited landfill site (also known as Highfields Landfill) in Walsall.

We are sorry to hear that residents are experiencing problems with odour in the local area. Please be assured that we are working with the operator, Enovert North Ltd to resolve these issues.

Site Details

We regulate the Environmental Permit held by Enovert North Ltd for Highfield South Landfill Facility. The permit contains conditions relating to site operations, which includes the waste types allowed, the handling of them and any relevant emissions standards and monitoring requirements.

A copy of the Environmental Permit for the site can be viewed here. This permit has been transferred to Enovert North Ltd.

Current situation

The operator, Enovert North Ltd continues to make progress with the agreed action plan we have seen and agreed to ensure that the site operates to protect the environment and communities.

In the past few months, we have increased the frequency of our site inspections, attended progress review meetings and we plan to undertake a gas management audit in the first week of February. This is to ensure that appropriate measures for odour nuisance control are being used and that the site are continually reviewing and seeking additional measures that can be taken.

Since the installation of the additional wells, the gas capture has increased on site. The photograph below shows the installation of gas well pipework.

New gas extraction pipework installed on northern side of site (Walsall Road)

Additional measures are still needed to further improve gas capture on the landfill to address odour. This work has commenced and is intended to be completed over the next month, although this work is weather dependent. Our specialist officers are continuing to visit the site regularly to make sure Enovert North Ltd are following the agreed action plan.

Roles and responsibilities and contact details

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency regulate the environmental permit held by Enovert North Limited (the operator) for Highfields landfill. Our regulation includes reviews of monitoring data and site visits (both announced and unannounced).

Should you have concerns with regards to odour outside of the site boundaries, pests or any other pollution matters relating to the site please call our free 24 hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

Walsall Council

Walsall Council provide a specialist monitoring, investigation and enforcement service with respect to air quality, contaminated land, noise and vibration. In this instance, they are supporting the Environment Agency who are the primary regulator. In addition, the Council’s Public Health Team have a duty to reduce health inequalities and improve the health of the local population.

Contact information for Walsall Council:
Telephone 01922 650000 
Email info@walsall.gov.uk

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Whenever people are concerned about their personal health, they should visit their General Practitioner (GP) or contact NHS Direct on 111 or https://www.nhs.uk/

We have produced a generic landfill FAQ document, which you can viewed here

Incident reporting

We want to hear from you if you have an environmental incident or concern to report, including any odour concerns.

To do this, call our free 24 hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60

Reporting odour incidents

More Information

When reporting odour incidents to us, we will ask you to assess the strength of the odour on a scale of 0 to 6. To help with your assessment, an explanation of this scale is as follows:

0 – No odour

– Very faint odour (need to inhale into the wind to smell anything)

2 – Faint odour (you can detect an odour when you inhale normally)

3 – Distinct odour (there is clearly an odour in the air as you leave your car or enter the area)

4 – Strong odour (a bearable odour but strong, you could stay in the area for some time)

5 – Very strong odour (unpleasantly strong, you will want to leave the area quickly)

6 – Extremely strong odour (likely to cause nausea and a strong need to remove yourself from the odour immediately)

No landfill will ever be completely odour free. However, the level and type of odour from such operations should not be causing offence. The permit conditions require an Environment Agency officer to make a judgement about whether an odour is offensive and we can only take enforcement action where it is deemed offensive and the operator is not using all appropriate measures.

Keeping communties updated

To help keep the local community update on our regulation of the site, we will continue to provide updates through this information page and via our community newsletter. If you would like to receive the newsletter directly , please email your contact details to Engagement_WestMids@environment-agency.gov.uk and we will add you to our mailing list.

You can view our latest community update here:

January 2020 Community Update

You can also follow us on twitter at @EnvAgencyMids #Highfieldslandfill as we will be tweeting about the work we are doing.

Thank you for visiting our information page.

Please keep visiting this page as we will be updating it regularly. We aim to produce our next newsletter in February 2020.

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Audiences

  • Businesses
  • Members of the public
  • Elected representatives, including MPs
  • Local councils
  • Environment Agency customers
  • Environment Agency colleagues

Interests

  • Business and industry
  • Waste
  • Permits
  • Environmental permitting
  • Installation