Viridor's landfill site in Beddingham is full

Viridor, one of the UK's leading recycling and waste companies and part of the FTSE-100 Pennon Group, confirms that its Beddingham landfill site, near Lewes, will close on 16 May as it has reached full capacity.

The site has provided an essential service in the area for the disposal of non-hazardous wastes arising from homes and businesses for over 30 years.

In recent years, around 250,000 tonnes of rubbish were disposed of safely at the Beddingham site each year.

Once closed, the site will be subject to a substantial restoration programme. This will ensure the site is restored to a Sussex Downland standard, in keeping with the surrounding environment and landscape, providing a high quality habitat for plants and animals.

Around 80 per cent of the site's area has already been restored to a high standard, and is rich in biodiversity.

The restored site will continue to generate renewable power for some years to come by harnessing the landfill gas produced by the waste mass.  It will remain closed for public access and a maintenance and after-care programme will be carried out by Viridor, in agreement with the Environment Agency.  In the long-term, access for the local community will be established where appropriate and the fully restored site will enhance the local landscape.