Where as landfill is now the final option for waste disposal, where this is appropriate the sites need to be carefully managed to deliver positive environmental outcomes. The sites we operate at Cumbria Waste Group are highly advanced, engineeered and managed.
It’s also important to stress that our landfill sites are much more than just a hole in the ground where we bury waste.
We design and plan them so we only tip waste into certain ‘active’ areas of the site which helps to control the way the waste breaks down, making it easier to manage the landfill gas and leachate produced.
We are able to control and collect the landfill gas and use it to generate electricity through turbines. This produces 5MW of renewable electricity at our sites. This green electricity then goes back into the national grid to help power approximately 5,000 local businesses and homes.
Once a site reaches its capacity, we manage and restore it. This means it can be of use again in the future for agriculture, amenities or nature conservation.
Through our environmental body, Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust, we are also able to provide grants for local community and environmental and community projects within a 10-mile radius of our landfill sites in Cumbria.