Viridor has hailed the closure of its Calne landfill site in Wiltshire, as it continues its programme of restoration.
The site opened in 1992, and during its lifetime is estimated to have accepted more than five million tonnes of residual waste from councils in south Gloucestershire and Bristol.
Viridor is cutting its landfill sites from 22 to just three by 2020, and the company says several will enter restoration phase this year.
The 42ha Calne site will be restored to a variety of uses, including woodland, grassland and an apple orchard.
Viridor director of landfill energy Ian Morrish said: “With the way we view waste in the UK changing so dramatically from a problem to a valuable resource, landfill sites are now closing across the country.
“Calne has been integral to our south-west operations during the past two decades. Now that it is shut, we are able to focus fully on the aftercare programme, although some wildlife is not waiting for us to finish, with many deer already making the site their home.”
The Viridor Credits Environmental Company uses money generated from the site via the Landfill Communities Fund to support community, heritage and biodiversity projects around the UK.
Chief executive John Lockwood said: “More than £1.38m has helped to transform a range of facilities, from additional football pitches at the Beversbrook sports and community facility to the installation of interpretation boards at the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Blackmoor Copse and Vincent’s Wood, along with a wide range of other community, heritage and biodiversity projects.”
Last year Viridor ceased accepting material at its Ardley landfill in Oxfordshire, to switch to an energy-from-waste facility on the site. It also closed a site at Wangford, Suffolk.