The Mobuoy Road Waste Project

The departments response to the Mobuoy Road waste site

Mobuoy Road Waste Site

The Mobuoy Road waste site consists of two distinct parcels of land, namely the City Industrial Waste (CIW) Site and the Campsie Sands and Gravels (CSG) site. These sites are collectively known as the Mobuoy Road waste site and are located approximately 1.5km east of Derry / Londonderry. The Mobuoy Road waste site occupies an area of circa 46 hectares.

Previous waste management activities on City Industrial Waste include an old landfill regulated by the local council. The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) issued a Closure Notice for the landfill in 2007. Also a former materials recycling facility (MRF) operated for a period on this site (2004-2013) in which its waste management licence was revoked by NIEA in June 2013 and the site subsequently closed. The Campsie Sands & Gravels site was subject to extensive sand and gravel extraction over the years.

The River Faughan forms the western boundary of the Mobuoy Road waste site. This stretch of the river is designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) that supports an Atlantic Salmon population of international importance. 

Illegal waste disposal at the Mobuoy Road Waste Site

Both the City Industrial Waste site and Campsie Sands and Gravels site have been subject to illegal waste disposal activities. In response the Department of the Environment (DOE), now the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), instigated a review of waste disposal activities at the Mobuoy Waste Site. This Review, known as the Mills Review is entitled; A Review of Waste Disposal at the Mobuoy Site and the lessons learnt for the future regulation of the waste industry in Northern Ireland- see: link opens in a new window / tab)      

Investigations by the Department of the Environment in 2015 have improved our understanding of the nature and extent of waste illegally disposed at the site. At the stakeholder meeting on the 25 November 2015, the estimated volume of controlled waste illegally disposed at the Mobuoy waste site was reported to be a minimum of 913,105 m3. An additional estimate of 252,050 m3 of controlled waste is present in the area of the former licensed landfill some of which has been deposited illegally. The nature of the illegal deposits includes municipal waste, construction and demolition (C&D) waste and municipal waste mixed with C&D waste.

Mobuoy Road Waste Stakeholders Group

The Mobuoy waste stakeholders group has been established by NIEA in response to community concerns arising from the significant illegal waste disposal at the site and its potential impacts on the River Faughan, health and the surrounding environment.

This Stakeholder Group has met on three occasions, namely; 6 February 2015, 25 November 2015 and 14th June 2016. Copies of the presentations at each of these Stakeholder meetings are available below.

Future stakeholder group meetings will be arranged by NIEA with the stakeholders being notified in advance.  

DAERA's project approach

DAERA’s project approach is in line with UK best practice as detailed in the Model Procedures for the Management of Land Contamination published by the Environment Agency (2004). These Procedures provide a structured framework for making decisions in the assessment and management of contaminated sites such as the Mobuoy waste site. They can be viewed at:

Mobuoy Road Waste Remediation Small Business Research Initiative Competition

In June 2016, the Environment Minister, Michelle McIlveen launched a new £350,000 Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition in partnership with Innovate UK (IUK) to encourage and stimulate the development of innovative remediation technologies  for the Mobuoy Road waste site and other illegal waste sites.  Funding for this SBRI competition has come from the Northern Ireland Executive’s Pilot SBRI Challenge Fund which is jointly managed by the Department for the Economy and the Department of Finance. Further information can be found at: link opens in a new window / tab)

Assembly questions & answers relevant to the Mobuoy Road waste site

The Assembly questions received by the Department of the Environment (DoE) relevant to the Mobuoy Road waste site are presented with hyperlinks to the Minister’s response on the Assembly Information Management System (AIMS).

This listing of Assembly questions and answers will continue to be updated on a regular basis.

Reports and guidance

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