Walley’s Quarry Landfill Site, Cemetery Road, Silverdale, Newcastle under Lyme ST56DH

Closes 3 Feb 2021

Opened 3 Feb 2020

Overview

Walley’s Quarry Landfill Site, Cemetery Road, Silverdale, Newcastle under Lyme ST56DH

This information page explains the work that the Environment Agency is doing to regulate the Red Industries RM Limited landfill site (also known as Walleys Quarry) in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

Site Details

The Environment Agency regulates two environmental permits held by Red Industries to operate a waste facility at Walleys Quarry.  One permit for the landfill site and one permit for the soil treatment facility. 

Walleys Quarry Landfill site – We issued an Environmental Permit for Walleys Quarry’s Landfill site on 9 June 2005 to Lafarge Aggregates Limited.  The permit was transferred to Red Industries RM Limited on  3 November 2016.

The permit allows the operation of a Non Hazardous waste landfill with a separate cell for Stable Non-Reactive Hazardous Waste (SNRHW) (gypsum and asbestos).  The operator has never used a separate cell and therefore SNRHW is not accepted.

The total quantity of waste allowed to be accepted at the facility is 250,000 tonnes per year. Non Hazardous waste includes municipal and industrial wastes.

The permit also allows the operation of

  • a leachate treatment plant for management of leachate produced by the landfill
  • landfill gas engine and flare for treatment and utilisation of landfill gas created by the landfill

Monitoring is required for landfill gas, leachate, surface water and groundwater at a number of points at the facility, at different frequencies (weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual)

Walleys Quarry Soil Treatment facility – we issued an Environment Permit for Walleys Quarry soil treatment facility on 11 April 2012 for the treatment of waste to produce soil, soil substitutes and aggregates. The operator does not currently undertake this operation

Click here to view the permits - Walleys Quarry transfer notice and Walleys Quarry consoldiated permit

Our regulatory activities

We undertake odour checks in the area and visit the site regularly to assess compliance with the permit conditions. Since March 2019 we have completed monthly tours of the area using equipment to monitor for landfill gas.

The operator is informed about complaints, although we never release personal data so they cannot identify complainants. In accordance with their Odour Management Plan the operator will investigate issues raised in complaints and advise us of the outcome.

Current situation

The operator submitted an application to the Environment Agency in March 2019 to vary their permit and increase the annual waste quantity. The application seeks to increase the permitted quantity of waste annually (January to December) from 250,000 tonnes to 400,000 tonnes.

In response to local residents concerns we have treated the application to be of High Public Interest (HPI) and invited comments through a public consultation in May 2019. The application is still being determined. As part of the determination process we consider all relevant comments received during the consultation. We will soon reach our draft or ‘minded to’ decision, this is not our final decision. We will run another public consultation, allowing the public to share their comments on our draft decision. When we are informed of the dates we will share with the public.

Full details of the permit application can be viewed here.

During 2019 the operator installed an additional 19 gas extraction wells. These wells have been connected to the gas management system. Landfill gas, including the trace component of Hydrogen Sulphide, may be emitted from the surfaces of a landfill. We call these fugitive emissions

 In early February 2020 the site operator will be installing gas wells in the area of the site where they have recently being depositing waste. This area will also be covered with soils to prevent fugitive emissions of gas.

Timescales – what we are doing and when

 To enable us to further understand the potential impact on air quality from Walleys Quarry landfill site we installed specialist air quality monitoring equipment to monitor air emissions in the area. This equipment was installed on 15 January 2019 and monitoring continued until  25 June 2019 near the northern boundary of the site, on the grounds of Garner’s Garden Centre.

The main findings from the air monitoring data were:

  • Particulate, nitrogen dioxide and benzene concentrations met expected Air Quality Strategy objectives
  • Toluene, ethylbenzene and m&p-xylenes were found to be within their respective Environmental Assessment Levels
  • Toluene levels were found to be within the specified World Health Organisation (WHO) health and odour limits
  • During the first 28 days of monitoring, hydrogen sulphide was within WHO health limits, but exceeded odour limits for 6% of the time
  • After moving the monitoring equipment, for the remaining 118 days, hydrogen sulphide remained within WHO health limits, but exceeded odour limits for 1% of the time

 Map of Walleys Quarry Landfill Site and MMF location

No further ambient air monitoring is planned, but we continue to visit the site to monitor site processes and practices.

The air monitoring reports are available to view below:

Walleys quarry report full

Walleys quarry report summary

Roles and responsibilities and contact details

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency regulates the two environmental permits held by the Red Industries RM Limited (“the operator”) for Walleys Quarry 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 sites please call our free 24 hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60

Staffordshire County Council

The County Council is responsible for determining planning applications for the sites.  We are consulted by the Council on planning applications. If you have any planning permission questions please contact:  regulation@Staffordshire.gov.uk

For any other enquiries:

Email: contactus@staffordshire.gov.uk

General enquiries (Contact Centre): 0300 111 8000

Textphone/Minicom users:  01785 276207

Walleys Liaison Forum

The liaison forum meets quarterly and is attended on a voluntary basis with representatives from the County Council, Borough Council, Parish Councils, the operator of the sites, Environment Agency and residents..  A local councillor chairs the forum.

The forum discusses key concerns raised by the community such as odour, dust, noise, traffic and the potential health impacts on the local community.  The site operator reports on their site operations.  The Environment Agency reports on our regulation and any complaints received.

The notes from previous meetings which also includes attendees can be found here.

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 the local community updated

To help keep the local community updated on our regulation of the sites, 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 #WalleysQuarryLandfill as we will be tweeting about the work we are doing.

Further links

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.

For further information on the operator of the site please visit:

https://www.redindustries.co.uk/

 

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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