Landfill

We operate two state of the art landfills within the Midlands region capable of accepting over
500 different EWC codes covering Non-hazardous, inert and hazardous material.
Much of what is still termed ‘waste’ is, in fact, a valuable resource.

Today’s landfill sites are highly engineered with controlled operations and far more sophisticated than people might expect.

One effect of a maturing landfill is the natural release of methane gas. Left uncontrolled, this could lead to environmental damage, however the controlled cell design of Sapphire landfills channel the gas through a series of pipes. The gas is then sent to managed engines that generate electricity which is fed directly into the National Grid. There are 4 Sapphire landfill sites producing energy, generating 9 megawatts of electricity, enough to provide the annual domestic power needs for over 20,000 domestic properties.

This process is a viable alternative to burning fossil fuels. It reduces greenhouse gases and preserves natural resources. Engineered landfills comprise a series of fully lined cells that are systematically filled then capped with at least a metre of lining clay. Cells are engineered with ‘hydraulic containment’ to be completely isolated from surrounding land and active controls prevent litter, dust, noise and pests.

Did you know

9 Mw of green electricity is produced every hour which is the equivalent of over 20,000 houses annual consumption.


Once filled cells are clay capped to ensure that the waste in each cell is safely contained while it breaks down naturally. Once a cell is clay capped it is covered with over a metre of clean soil to enable site restoration. Site management takes place throughout the operational and aftercare phases to the highest professional standards returning the land to a higher level of bio diversity than before quarrying commenced.

We also offer a ‘2nd chance recycling’ option through a partnership run on-site MBT plant.

For more information call Sapphire on 08452 60 20 40

Did you know

We have provided over £16,000,000 of funding through the Landfill Communities fund.