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 will be completed in 2017.

On 23rd June 2017 the Appeal Court handed down their Judgement following the Judicial Review Hearing on 2nd March 2017. The Court ruled that, “the Secretary of State neither misinterpreted nor misapplied any policy of the NPS in making the development consent order.”

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 2016 six local projects were awarded £62,500.

The largest grant was scooped by Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside for a project to improve access and the river habitat at Tawd Valley Park. Peter Heberlet from Groundwork said: “We are thrilled to be awarded this grant so that this much needed work can take place along the River Tawd in Skelmersdale. It will give more people the chance to access this wonderful and valuable natural resource and help protect it”. Site works started in February 2017 and should be completed later this year.

Continuing on an environmental theme Lancashire Wildlife Trust also received £15,000 to create a haven for bees within Beacon Country Park through their ‘Places for People and Pollinators’ project.

Burscough Community Farm, a local social enterprise is growing organic produce right in people’s doorsteps which can be purchased directly from the farm. This relatively new Community Farm has been awarded £5,000 to improve the infrastructure for visitors to their site. Site works are underway and will completed before the end September 2017.

Ormskirk Civic Hall has also been improved by the installation of new toilet facilities thanks to £14,597 from the Fund. The new facilities include child-friendly toilets, a dedicated baby-changing area and a completely modernised accessible toilet.

Trinity Methodist / United Reformed Church in Old Skelmersdale was suffering from water ingress. A grant of £10,000 allowed the Church to complete roof repairs, install a new damp-proof course and remediate internal damage caused by the leaks.

Last but by no means least, ‘The Hut on the Hill’ in Parbold received  a £2,000 mini make-over to create a nicer environment for all community users.

This latest round of grants has taken the total awarded by the Whitemoss Community Fund since 2010 to £335,000 which has been shared between 29 local projects. A list of projects that have benefited from this funding from 2011 to 2016 can be found here.

In 2017 five local projects were awarded £79,697.

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: