Living close to a rubbish tip reduces house prices by 2.6%, UK research shows

Jan 02, 2013

Living close to an active landfill site reduces house prices by 2.6% and the cost to home owners can still be counted two decades after the facility has shut, new research shows.

Experts at the University of Birmingham have found that houses situated within 3 kilometres of an , or within 1 kilometre of a historic site, suffer a significant price drop. It is the first time researchers have investigated the impact of "historic" landfill sites.

Prof David Maddison, who co-authored the report into the disamenity impact of landfill sites, said: "The differential is a measure of the landfills have on the local community.  That is, nuisances such as noise, smell, wind-blown litter, the additional traffic as well as flies and vermin.

"What is interesting, however, is that the impact of landfill sites on house prices appears to endure over periods in excess of 20 years after closure."

The report also suggests that proximity to a landfill site can also generate "stigma damages" not attributable to any physical nuisance.

"Each of these impacts operates over a different geographical scale and may persist even after landfill sites are closed," the report states.

Although the amount of waste sent to landfill is declining, it remains one of the most widespread methods of waste disposal in UK.

"The cost of disposing of waste through needs to be prices at levels that fully internalise the social costs," Prof Maddison says. "Much more effort needs to be put into reducing at source, re-using and recycling."

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