Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Operating your landfill site

Operating your landfill site

Landfill sites and the waste sent to them are tightly regulated by environmental legislation. This sets out the standards that operators must meet to prevent pollution, for example to stop chemicals (leachate) leaking into surrounding land or water. You must ensure that certain wastes are not sent to landfill and that specific criteria and procedures are met before waste is landfilled.

You must have a pollution prevention and control (PPC) permit to operate a landfill site. This will control your environmental impact through conditions that you must comply with.

This guide provides information on waste that cannot be landfilled and how waste is accepted at landfills, including waste acceptance criteria and procedures. It also covers key issues relating to PPC permits, dealing with problematic waste streams, how the Landfill Tax affects landfill operators and designing and monitoring landfill facilities.

Additional resources

Environmental News Blog

  • My Year at NetRegs, A reflection on my time as an intern with the NetRegs team at SEPA. An overview of all the activities and projects I had the opportunity to participate in during my Bright Green Environmental Placement.

  • A day with Hydrology, SEPA's hydrometry unit is responsible for around 400 gauging stations and 350 rainfall monitoring sites. River gauging stations are important as they allow river levels to be monitored so flood events can be predicted and flood warnings sent out.

NetRegs on NetRegs on youTube

View our latest videos & subscribe to our channel.

NetRegs Update Newsletter

Free monthly email newsletter with environmental updates for Northern Ireland and Scotland

Sign up for free today!


NIEA - Apply online

SEPA - Application forms