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

Closed 7 Aug 2020

Opened 13 Jun 2019


The Environment Agency is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We were established in 1996 and work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development.

Within England we’re responsible for:

  • regulating major industry and waste (including landfill sites)
  • treatment of contaminated land
  • water quality and resources
  • fisheries
  • inland river, estuary and harbour navigations
  • conservation and ecology

We are also responsible for managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea.


We regulate the waste industry by issuing permits which impose strict conditions on the operation of the activity. Our staff have the skills and expertise necessary to understand the risks that these industries may have in regard to harm that may be caused to the environment. Our technical specialists assess permit applications thoroughly to make sure that they protect people and the environment. We would not permit any operation that we know would cause harm to the environment or people’s health when operated in accordance with permit conditions.  

When regulating these permitted waste activities, we take a risk based approach to sites that have the potential to cause harm. Those which pose  greater risk are subject to more stringent permit conditions, and targeted regulatory intervention


 Grange Landfill Site, Rotherham (Dropping Well Tip)

Our Question and Answer document has been updated and can be found in the related documents section at the bottom of this page.

Environmental permit

Modern environmental permits for the deposit of waste take account of all new legislative requirements and require site operators to do more to safeguard people and the environment than would have been required in the past, such as

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

The permit variation for Grange Landfill Site, granted in March 2016, imposed a range of these modern conditions. These included groundwater and landfill gas monitoring requirements, and surface water infrastructure to be installed, prior to any deposit of waste.
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.

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



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