After almost 20 years, Viridor’s landfill site in Horton, near Henfield, is full and will now be put through a restoration programme.
The site was used for the disposal of non-hazardous waste, and gas produced by the site is used in energy production. It currently produces 3.5MW of electricity, or enough to power more than 5,000 homes, which is fed into the National Grid.
The site will go through a restoration programme designed to improve the landscape and provide habitats for wildlife.
Site manager Karl Brydon said: “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 aftercare programme will be carried out by Viridor, in agreement with the Environment Agency and West Sussex County Council.”
Councillor and Horton landfill community liaison group chair Derek Deedman said: “This is a great occasion for the people of Small Dole because it sees the end of waste disposal at the site. During the past 10 years, I have chaired the liaison group, and together we have worked hard at monitoring landfill operations to ensure that planning and environmental conditions have been adhered to.”