Historic coastal landfill sites

On this page you can find information relating to the issues that exist with historic coastal landfill sites.

It would be helpful to know if the knowledge  of coastal local authorities matches the locations shown in the maps below.



The Queen Mary University Maps with historic landfill locations are available at:

Historic and Authorised Landfill Shapefile Data (EA, should be same as Queen Mary University Maps in the link above, and GOV.UK data in mention below):

The EA’s ‘What’s in My Backyard’ site is now closed: http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby/37829.aspx , but the EA provide a link to find the data at: https://data.gov.uk/dataset/17edf94f-6de3-4034-b66b-004ebd0dd010/historic-landfill

Guidance and papers

CIRIA guidance (C718) on the management of landfill sites and land contamination on eroding and land contamination on eroding or low-lying coastlines is available here.

A paper is available, ‘Risk screening assessment for ranking historic coastal landfills by pollution risk’, James H. Brand and Kate L. Spencer which is free to download from https://doi.org/10.1139/anc-2018-0001.

This paper is about a proposed method to rank historic coastal landfills by risk in order that coastal managers know which sites to focus resources on. The EA is currently trialing the method on sites in the Thames Estuary and sites that fall within the Environment Agency’s National Coastal Erosion Risk Map’s No Active Intervention short-term coastal erosion zone. The trial will be used to help understand how easy/difficult the method is to use for large numbers of sites and how well it distinguishes the relative risk between sites in order to support developing the method further.

Other papers that you may be interested in: