About Houghton Quarry

2014 update: Please note that this page, along with many on the site was originally written in 2009 and some of the effects of the landfill have changed in that time. RATS have decided to leave it as it is though as an archived record of what the people of Houghton-le-Spring have suffered over the years.


About Houghton Quarry Landfill

Houghton Quarry Landfill is situated in the middle of the town of Houghton Le Spring.

About Houghton

Houghton Le Spring is a medium sized town situated in North East England between the cities of Durham and Sunderland. Although Houghton is within the City of Sunderland, it is a very proud stand-alone town, with a very long history. There has been a settlement here since ancient times and it's considered to be one of, if not the oldest settlement in the region. There are several other smaller settlements that also fall under the Houghton umbrella including: Newbottle, Hetton Le Hole, Easington Lane, Shiney Row, Fencehouses Philadelphia, Grasswell and Eppleton. Houghton and its surrounding settlements are home to more than 40,000 people.


Houghton also boasts one of the oldest gardens in England which is now Houghton Rectory Park.


About Houghton Quarry Landfill

Houghton Quarry landfill is operated by Biffa Waste Services. It accepts almost all the domestic waste from the City of Sunderland as well as industrial waste from all over the country. The guidelines say that only “non toxic” waste is allowed to be dumped there, however the same guidelines also say that things like asbestos, chromium, cyanide, arsenic and lead are not toxic and it’s OK to dump them there.

RATS’ main concern over the years has been how the landfill is polluting our air and water supply. However, there are also the day to day miseries of living with a Landfill such as dust, traffic, noise, smell, vermin and the eyesore mountain of rubbish which is right in the middle of our town.