Historic Landfill Sites

Where to find the Historic Landfill data

What are Historic Landfill sites

Historic landfill sites are places where records of waste being received to be buried are now closed, meaning there is no Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) permit or waste management licence currently in force.

The dataset includes all relevant historic information that has been gathered by records held by local authorities, the former Department of the Environment, the British Geological Society and the Environment Agency.

The Historic Landfill dataset was created to help fulfil our statutory responsibility under the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995, where Local Planning Authorities have consult with the Environment Agency about all applications they receive to develop land within 250 metres of landfill sites (including any land that has been used as a landfill within the past 30 years.


The What's In Your BackYard (WIYBY) map service is now closed

Historic Landfill data is available to download under an Environment Agency Conditional Licence from DATA.GOV.UK

You will need specific software to be able to view these files  How to download and use data


For information about specific historic landfill sites, please contact


Please note that the WIYBY service was built to provide members of the public with information so that they can better understand their local environment.

The use of the service for commercial use was not advised as some of the data had been simplified and was against the terms and conditions of use, which did not permit commercial use.