A landfill site in Yorkshire has reached its maximum capacity for waste and will close.
The site, at Gilberdyke, near Goole, has received a changed operating permit from the Environment Agency, which only allows the tipping of capping soils to seal the site.
The EA said that it expects the deposits of capping soils - which restore a natural appearance to the site - to be completed by November 2013, although tree planting and other landscapig may occur after this time.
The landfill has been operated by City Plant. The firm is seeking to change its environmental permit for the site to specify how the site will be managed after capping, and other aspects such as water drainage.
Peter Stevenson, environment manager at the EA, said: “This is a significant milestone in the lifecycle of the landfill site at Gilberdyke. Once capping begins in January, no more general waste will be allowed, and that means that any problems of odour or unsightliness of waste will be reduced in time.
“Ultimately we are looking forward to seeing the site entirely finished, with the surface restored to its natural state - and that goal is now in sight.”