Cwmrhydyceirw Quarry

Cwmrhydyceirw Quarry is situated on the outskirts of Morrison a suburb of Swansea close to the M4 motorway. It is surrounded on the sides by housing with both a primary school and a comprehensive school very close by.

The quarry was formerly mined for sandstone and ceased working in 1979. Planning Permission was granted by the Swansea City Council in June 1981 for the tipping of inert materials and subsequent restoration of the quarry . In June 1984 Planning permission was refused by the City Council for the restoration of the quarry by the importation of “non-toxic solid wastes”. An appeal was lodged with the Welsh Office against this decision and was subsequently granted on 11th March 1985. Landfilling took place between 1985 and 1991.

The current waste at the quarry is underlain by a 2mm thick High Density Polyethylene ( HDPE) flexible membrane liner with a clay liner underneath and a further clay liner above the HDPE. This liner system has been shown to be leaking polluting the groundwater.

Between 1985 and 1991 approximately 90,000 cubic metres of waste including domestic, commercial and dry industrial waste, together with filter cake waste, sludges, liquid waste, waste oils and incinerator residues were deposited at the site.

Swansea Friends of the Earth