Waste Processing

Welbeck landfill site is located approximately two kilometres to the east of the centre of Wakefield on the western side of the River Calder on the site of a former gravel pit.

Welbeck landfill site

Welbeck has been operating as a landfill site for over 10 years and a large derelict area of land (approximately 100 hectares) will be reclaimed for public benefit.

As the primary waste disposal facility for the West Yorkshire region, Welbeck accepts non hazardous municipal and commercial waste from the Wakefield, Kirklees, Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale and Barnsley areas. 

Approximately 600,000 tonnes of waste is safely and effectively disposed of at Welbeck each year. In addition, the site has a composting facility that processes 10,000 tonnes of green waste per year.


  • Welbeck landfill site is located approximately two kilometres east of Wakefield town centre and employs 12 full-time staff.
  • WRG began landfilling at Welbeck in 1998, following the granting of planning permission and a waste management licence in 1997.
  • The landfill occupies a relatively small area (some 100 hectares from a total site area of 300 hectares) on the western side of the River Calder.
  • It receives approximately 600,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste each year from households and local businesses in Wakefield and the surrounding area.
  • A composting facility processes approximately 10,000 tonnes of green waste each year.
  • More than 100,000 trees will be planted at Welbeck as part of the restoration plan.
  • In excess of five kilometres of public footpath/bridleways will link the restored Welbeck site to the local area - providing a valuable public amenity.
  • Approximately £1.3 million of WREN funding has been donated over the last five years to community projects within a 10 mile radius of the Welbeck landfill site.
  • Electricity generation from landfill gas at Welbeck will contribute 8MW of electricity to the national grid each year - enough electricity to support the needs of more than 8,000 homes.

The Welbeck landfill site can be contacted at the following address:

The Site Manager
Welbeck landfill Site
Boundary Lane

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