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New survey highlights Hertfordshire's toxic landfill problem

Hertfordshire has the fourth highest number of toxic landfills in the country, according to a new survey.

One of the county’s districts, Three Rivers, is eighth in the 10 areas with the most landfill sites with hazardous waste, with nine dumps. East Herts has eight.

Uswitch.com, the comparison and switching service, used data from the Environment Agency to compare counties and districts across the country.

Landfill in the UK (51023116)
Landfill in the UK (51023116)

Sandwell in the West Midlands has the highest proportion of toxic landfills per square kilometre. The county with the most toxic landfills overall is Greater Manchester with 94 sites. Hertfordshire has 42.

Will Owen, energy expert at Uswitch.com, said: “The shockingly high number of toxic landfills scattered across the country highlights the variety of problems these landfills can cause.

“It's down to the local authorities to help identify them and organise a clean-up. Some of these older landfills haven’t been lined before the waste was deposited, unlike modern landfills, which means that the chemicals can escape.

“With the added support and funding from the Government, we'll be able to stop any nasty surprises that could be coming our way.”

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