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Devon County Council's Closed Landfill Sites

Devon County Council no longer directly operate any landfill sites in Devon. The disposal of Devon's waste has instead been contracted to private site operators, primarily Devon Waste Management Ltd and Viridor Ltd.

Devon County Council retains a degree of responsibility for fifty-five closed landfill sites which were either operated by the County Council or relevant District Council which previously held responsibility for this activity before 1974.

The majority of the closed sites are small sites which have been restored to agricultural land and give no cause for concern. The more recently filled sites and those containing high levels of dustbin waste are closely monitored for landfill gas and a liquid known as leachate which may be collected and taken away for disposal or treated on site.

Private Landfill Sites

Many landfill operations are carried out by private companies. These are regulated by the Environment Agency who issue licences to all waste handling facilities and are responsible for ensuring the sites are operated correctly.

For more information about private landfill sites please contact the Environment Agency