Close Hafod Tip

The recent fire at the Hafod landfill site between Johnstown and Ruabon caused a large plume of dense black smoke to spread across the local area. People were urged to close their windows and stay indoors - for good reason. The burning of plastics and other waste materials can create dioxins and furans, highly toxic chemicals that can get into the food chain and accumulate in larger mammals, including humans.

The landfill site at Hafod quarry was imposed on the community more than a decade ago by councils in Merseyside, who saw this as an easy way to dispose of their rubbish. Despite being refused planning permission initially by Wrexham Council, it was granted on appeal by the then environment minister Carwyn Jones.

We need an independent inquiry to find out how the fire started and assess the dangers caused by the landfill site.

We also need councils to take responsibility for their waste and stop taking the easy option of dumping it in Wales. 

We say close Hafod landfill site down and recycle or re-use your rubbish.

Please sign and share our petition.



Following the fire at Hafod landfill site, we call for the following:

- an independent inquiry to find out how the fire started and assess the dangers caused by the landfill site.

- for other councils to take responsibility for their waste and stop taking the easy option of dumping it in Wales. 

- close Hafod landfill site down 


Who's signing

Harriet Bartlett
Nial Cain
Lewis Sheppard
Brian Richards
Paul Jarvis
John Andrew
Jemma Jones
Karl Williams
erica Taylor
Ian Owen
Mandy Thomas
Peter Saul
john davies
William Duckett
Paul Quayle
James Roberts
Ann Hughes
Vicky Thompson
Diane Colley
Ann Wilkinson
Ian Fidler
Sharon Farmer
Patricia Davies
Dan Elder
Myra Booth-Cockcroft
Susan Hughes
Kelvin James
Megan Taylor
Simon Evans
Dave Owen
824 signatures

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  • Harriet Bartlett
    signed 2020-09-01 23:53:55 +0100
  • Nial Cain
    signed 2020-07-17 20:46:07 +0100
  • Lewis Sheppard
    signed 2020-07-14 11:25:38 +0100
  • Brian Richards
    signed 2020-06-25 18:20:54 +0100
    Debris on roads, vile smells and a worrying unexplained fire. Fumes from the fire made the whole family sick for days. When will WCBC act and protect local residents.
  • Paul Jarvis
    signed 2020-06-24 13:39:01 +0100
    day and day after fire were terrible for stench and acrid taste was really nauseating
  • John Andrew
    signed 2020-06-24 09:25:04 +0100
  • Jemma Jones
    signed 2020-06-24 08:43:31 +0100
    I work around Johnstown every day and the smell is awful! Its smells like gas and it hurts your eyes and hits the back of your throat!!! Now that cant be good for anyone
  • Karl Williams
    signed 2020-06-24 08:23:10 +0100
  • erica Taylor
    signed 2020-06-24 07:21:41 +0100
  • Ian Owen
    signed 2020-06-24 04:40:14 +0100
  • Mandy Thomas
    signed 2020-06-23 22:17:05 +0100
    Absolute disgrace that the site was allowed to reopen prior to any investigation results.

    Massive thanks must go to the fire service for all of their efforts.

    Carwyn Jones has a lot to answer for!
  • Peter Saul
    signed 2020-06-23 21:46:20 +0100
    We send them our water, they give us their rubbish
  • john davies
    signed 2020-06-23 21:26:44 +0100
  • William Duckett
    signed 2020-06-23 20:49:08 +0100
  • Paul Quayle
    signed 2020-06-23 12:57:48 +0100
  • James Roberts
    signed 2020-06-22 08:12:03 +0100
  • Ann Hughes
    signed 2020-06-16 19:04:12 +0100
  • Vicky Thompson
    signed via 2020-06-16 11:38:51 +0100
  • Diane Colley
    signed 2020-06-16 09:40:04 +0100
    Sick of the constant smell, especially in the summer. We can’t enjoy our garden because of the smell and we can’t even have our windows open
  • Ann Wilkinson
    signed 2020-06-16 08:08:17 +0100
    Wrexham has such a good record of late with recycling. How come Ruabon and Johnstown have to put up with this foul smelling tip? It ought to be shut NOW!
  • Ian Fidler
    signed 2020-06-14 13:10:41 +0100
    It is a sad indictment on our weak councils that we haven’t refused to take Liverpool rubbish.RISE UP
  • Sharon Farmer
    signed 2020-06-11 21:05:33 +0100
  • Patricia Davies
    signed 2020-06-11 09:27:21 +0100
    I worked on the community, delivering care to vulnerable people during the night, I traveled down the 483 at least 3 times a night, and the smell is awful, worse around 3am.

    The thick smoke that the fire caused could be smellt miles away
  • Dan Elder
    signed 2020-06-10 21:28:46 +0100
  • Myra Booth-Cockcroft
    signed 2020-06-10 21:28:19 +0100
  • Susan Hughes
    signed 2020-06-10 19:13:18 +0100
  • Kelvin James
    signed 2020-06-10 19:03:37 +0100
    Should never have been granted as the license was issued 10 years before the contract was granted and would not have been issued at the time of the contract placement due to it’s proximity to residential homes. Sold down the river by Carwyn Jones
  • Megan Taylor
    signed 2020-06-10 19:03:11 +0100
  • Simon Evans
    signed 2020-06-10 18:21:09 +0100
  • Dave Owen
    signed 2020-06-09 07:11:08 +0100

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