Landfill waste removal ordered from golf course due to foul smell

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim February 11, 2015 16:26

A company has been ordered to clean up waste from a golf course following complaints of a bad smell, after a landfill project was carried out.

Landfill or inert waste projects are popular but hugely controversial with golf clubs. They typically involve the venues being paid hundreds of thousands of pounds to have large amounts of waste dumped and buried at their facilities, which is used to re-landscape and usually improve the golf course offerings.

However, they can be tremendously unpopular with local residents, partly due to the noise and traffic changes that the transportation of the waste leads to, and a belief that these projects are detrimental to the environment.

Stafford Castle Golf Club, located just three miles from Stafford town centre, was issued with a permit by the Environment Agency in 2012 that allows inert waste to be deposited there in the shape of mounds that were to be built.

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Stafford town centre. Located just three miles from the golf club. Image by William Hook


In 2013 the Environment Agency allowed a company called 4 Recycling Group to spread sludge or ‘sewage cake’ from the treatment of urban waste water as a soil conditioner to fertilise soils.

By 2014 the agency received several complaints from residents about odour on the site, and released a statement saying that ‘some of the waste [a second company] Luddington Golf has brought onto the site is not believed to be acceptable under its permit and also 4 Recycling has not been managing its activities satisfactorily’.

The two companies were therefore ordered to clean up the golf course and the three week operation was completed this winter. 4 Recycling Group moved 70 percent of the sewage sludge to nearby farmland.

In 2013 Golf Club Management revealed that Letchworth Golf Club in Hertfordshire was to be paid at least £250,000 to use inert soil to convert an under-used nine-hole par three golf course into a six-hole academy course.


Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim February 11, 2015 16:26
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