Grange Landfill Site, Rotherham (Dropping Well Tip) -Information Page

Closes 31 Mar 2022

Opened 13 Jun 2019


Welcome to the Grange Landfill Information Page.

This page provides access to information on the permit variation for Grange Landfill and the Environment Agency role in permit regulation.

We will keep this page updated as the situation progresses so please keep checking back for what’s new.  You can view our latest frequently asked questions (FAQs) or download a copy at the end of this page.

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We are working hard with Government and other emergency responders on protecting the public and the environment from the effects of Coronavirus. The Environment Agency remains fully operational, with the majority of our staff working from home. We continue to carry out regulatory visits to sites that could cause serious environmental harm where required. However, we are reducing regulatory visits to other sites and review how best to regulate them in accordance with the Government guidance.


What is Happening on Site                      (Updated December 2021)

The operator, Grange Landfill Ltd, is required under the conditions of the environmental permit, to install engineered infrastructure to meet the requirements of the Landfill Directive to ensure that the proposed landfill activity at this site will not impact on the local environment.

On site works have been temporarily paused by the Operator due to priorities elsewhere, and plant is being removed from site.

The Operator has not yet confirmed as to when works may recommence at Grange Landfill, but we anticipate that it may not be until sometime in the new year.

The site remains pre-operational.  No waste disposal activities will commence until our Regulatory Specialists are fully satisfied that the landfill infrastructure has been engineered to the relevant standards.


Who is responsible for different activities on the site

A number of regulated bodies take responsibility for different parts of the site.

The Environment Agency regulates against the permit and the waste on site. Therefore our regulatory remit only extends to the landfilling activity itself.

Any issues with regards to health and safety on site remains the remit of the Health & Safety Executive.

Concerns regarding traffic movements fall within the remit of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council as they are responsible for regulating and enforcing the conditions within the planning permission.



The Environment Agency role in regulating Waste sites

Modern environmental permits for the deposit of waste take account of existing and new legislative requirements and require site operators to do much more to safeguard people and the environment than would have been required in the past. This includes for example:

  • Environmental monitoring (pollution control)
  • Site infrastructure (appropriate lining)
  • Strict procedures (waste acceptance)

We regulate the waste industry by issuing permits which impose strict conditions on the operation of the activity. Our specialist technical staff use their expertise and understanding of the potential environmental risks that these industries may have, to assess permit applications (and variations) thoroughly to make sure that they protect people and the environment.

We do not permit any operation that we know would cause harm to the environment or people’s health when operated in accordance with permit conditions.  

We regulate permitted waste activities using a risk based approach which prioritises those sites that have a greater potential to cause harm. Those which pose greater risk are subject to more stringent permit conditions, and targeted regulatory intervention which includes inspection of activities on the site, audits of agreed procedures and analysis of data submitted by the Operator.

Environmental permit for Grange Landfill

The permit variation for Grange Landfill Site, granted in March 2016, imposed a range of conditions that must be complied with, before any deposit of waste will be allowed. These include groundwater and landfill gas monitoring requirements, the construction of engineered bunds and a system to collect and treat surface water.

The new permit only allows the deposit of ‘inert’ waste. Inert waste is "waste that does not undergo any significant physical, chemical or biological transformation" for example soil and stone. Inert waste will not dissolve, burn or otherwise physically or chemically react, biodegrade or adversely affect other matter with which it comes into contact in a way likely to give rise to environmental pollution or harm human health.

The site is to be operated in accordance with the permit conditions as well as an Environmental Management System which details how the operator will abide by the permit conditions.

The existing landfilled area will not be re-opened or filled.

A copy of the permit variation is available to download below:
DB3803MN - Grange landfill variation

What happens next?

Permit Variation - As previously reported the Environment Agency will shortly undertake an Environment Agency instigated variation to the current permit on Grange Landfill. The requirement of the variation is purely from an administrative prospective, such as amending registered office address and referencing financial provision agreements. This variation will not be authorising an amendment to the current activities already authorised, nor any change in environmental monitoring.

Compliance Report - Once all works to comply with the conditions are complete the operator will submit a full report to the Environment Agency.  If we are satisfied that all conditions have been met to the required standard, the Operator will be given permission to operate the landfill site.

Site inspections - In December 2019 we agreed with Rotherham MBC (RMBC) that we would seek to undertake routine site inspections on quarterly basis until further notice. However with the restrictions that the Coronavirus epidemic placed upon us we were not able to commit to quarterly inspections during 2020.

Like many organisations, we had to prioritise everything we do and ensure we made the right choices about where and how to work. Therefore our focus was on preventing serious harm to the environment. That means, for example, continuing as far as possible to regulate high risk and high impact industries; responding to major pollution incidents; and fulfilling our legal duties. Grange Landfill was considered a low risk site, as it is not yet operational.

It is our intention (subject to any further government restrictions) to resume site inspections on a quarterly basis in 2021/22. After each inspection we produce a Compliance Assessment Report (CAR) form which records our findings and any actions we have asked the Operator to undertake. We will maintain a list of our site visits below with a link to the CAR form for that visit.

Quarter Date of Visit CAR form
Qtr 3 (2019-20) 21/11/2019 Site Inspection 61563-0346304
Qtr 4 (2019-20) 06/03/2020 Site inspection (audit of groundwater monitoring) 61563-0365900
Qtr 3 (2020-21) 17/11/2020 Site inspection (preparatory works and construction to manage surface water) 61563-0379235
Qtr 4 (2020-21) 23/03/2021 Site inspection (preparatory works and engineering) 61563-0389700
Qtr 1 (2021-22) 21/04/2021 Site inspection (following reports of oil to ICS) 61563-0391939
Qtr 1 (2021-22) 18/05/2021 Report No 15748/14 -Investigation & Validation of the insitu geological barrier. 61563-0393140
Qtr 1 (2021-22) 11/06/2021 Site Inspection (to review preparatory works and engineering) 61563-0396084
Qtr 2 (2021-22) 13/07/2021 Site Inspection (preparatory works and engineering) 61563/0400314
Qtr 2 (2021-22) 13/07/2021 Site Inspection (Waste Exemption) WEX270899/00001


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