Whitemoss Landfill

Whitemoss is an important part of the UK’s hazardous waste management infrastructure.

Located less than 500 metres from junction 4 of the M58 motorway Whitemoss has, for more than twenty years, been an important facility for disposal of residues from recycling activities and the remediation of contaminated land.

Where hazardous wastes cannot be recycled then those residual wastes need to be disposed of in accordance with best engineering practice to mitigate their environmental impact.

In May 2015 the Secretary of State granted development consent via the White Moss Landfill Order 2015 for the construction of a new landfill void at Whitemoss which will provide capacity for a further twenty years.

In September 2016 the Environment Agency issued revised Environmental Permit EPR/DP3639LM/V005 for the new landfill area.

Once the revised Environmental Permit was issued preparation works for the extension commenced. Construction of the first extension cell was completed in Autumn 2017.

On 23rd June 2017 the Appeal Court handed down their Judgement following the Judicial Review Hearing on 2nd March 2017.

Lord Justice Lindblom concluded as follows:

“The Secretary of State neither misinterpreted nor misapplied any policy of the NPS in making the development consent order.”

“For these reasons I would dismiss the claim for judicial review.”

An application to appeal to the Supreme Court was also refused.


The inaugural meeting of the Whitemoss Landfill Community Liaison Committee was held in December 2016. The main purpose of the committee is to provide a forum to raise issues between the local community, Whitemoss Landfill Limited and site regulators.  It includes representatives of site regulators, local Councillors, Council for the Protection of Rural England and Whitemoss Landfill. Minutes of the latest committee meeting are available in the documents section of this website.

DEFRA confirmed in February 2017 that the 3 x Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) derogation that allows some Air Pollution Control Residues to be landfilled at hazardous waste landfill sites such as Whitemoss is to remain in place.

Landfill tax rates from 1st April 2017 are £86.10 per tonne for standard rated wastes and £2.70 per tonne for lower rated wastes. The respective rates increase to £88.95 per tonne and £2.80 per tonne from 1st April 2018.

In June 2017 the Environmental Services Association working with partners in the waste industry produced an easy to use guide on common misconceptions in waste classification and how to avoid them.

Clay and Shale

We are currently excavating top quality clay and shale for engineering or general fill purposes.  We can offer large quantities for sale with quick turnaround and easy access from the M58.

Technical information about the clay is available here.

For prices please contact us at sales@whitemosslandfill.co.uk

Local Community Support

The Whitemoss Community Fund provides grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 to fund community and environmental projects located in the West Lancashire Borough Council area and that are within 5 miles of the Whitemoss landfill site in Skelmersdale.

In 2017 five local projects were awarded £80,000.

The largest grant was scooped by Westhead Village Hall who were granted £19,734 to improve the Hall to encourage community use of the building. The Hall was recently taken over by the local community when it faced closure in 2016.

Ian Davis, Treasurer and Trustee at the Hall said: “The Trustees of Westhead Village Hall are extremely grateful for the grant. This will enable renovation and improvement of the hall which will increase the life and continue to provide excellent facilities for the residents of Westhead and surrounding areas for many years to come.”

The communities of Crawford Village and Burscough will both benefit from awards of around £18,500. The grant awarded to Crawford Village and Pimbo Lane Playing Fields was the final piece in the jigsaw to allow the £90,000 Play Park project to begin – work should start in July. Burscough Cricket Club will use their grant award to create a new picnic and play area adjacent to the Club which will be a welcome stopping point for people enjoying a walk on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath which runs past the Cricket Club.

Quarry Bank Community Association were excited to learn they have been awarded £16,484 to install two shipping containers in the grounds at the rear of the community building and transform them into a fully accessible ‘Men’s Shed’ workshop. But ladies do not fear, the Shed will be available to all with activities such as woodwork, bike repairing, mechanics and furniture restoration on offer to all.

Last but by no means least Up Holland Parish Council are set to receive £6,060 to improve a stretch of footpath in the popular local woodland area of Dean Wood. Works will include drainage works and footpath repairs to make access easier throughout the year and reduce access problems caused by flooding.


This latest round of grants has taken the total awarded by the Whitemoss Community Fund since 2010 to £415,000 which has been shared between 34 local projects.

The deadline for applications next year will be announced early in  2018.

Click below to find out how to apply for a community project grant: