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Shirley Quarry


Peterbrook Road, Majors Green, Wythall, Bromsgrove.

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The site was originally quarried for sand and gravel in the 1970's and was filled between 1981 and 1988 with household waste. It took a volume of 1 152 750m3 over an area of 15.37 hectares. The average depth of the waste is 7.50 metres with a maximum of 12 metres and a minimum of 3 metres.

The site has an active gas control system with twenty-eight internal wells connected to a flare that burns the landfill gas. This ensures that the landfill gas is flared off and burnt in a controlled manner and reduces the risk of off-site migration.    In addition there are 34 monitoring boreholes around the perimeter of the site that are monitored for gas and groundwater levels.  Every six months groundwater monitoring is undertaken with leachate quality sampled annually.  Surface water samples are collected for quality analysis from neighbouring water bodies.

The site at present is home to a whole host of wildlife, from wild meadow flowers to pairs of lapwings.

 Shirley 1980


Shirley 1987Shirley August 2009

                     1987                                                August 2009

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This page was last reviewed 18 October 2012 at 16:24.
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