Rising recycling numbers are set to reduce the blot which a landfill site leaves on the landscape in Sheffield.
Waste management firm Viridor has gone back to the drawing board with plans for its gradual closure of the Parkwood site in Shirecliffe.
A reduction in the amount of rubbish households have thrown out means the height of the landfill will be lower than previously thought – reducing the environmental impact and speeding up the rate of waste decomposition when the site is closed in 2018.
Tight restrictions mean owners have to submit fresh planning proposals, but the news is expected to be welcomed by local residents.
Viridor promised new plans will not affect the land restoration completion date of 2020 as it launched public consultation.
Coun Ibrar Hussain, Sheffield Council member for Burngreave ward, said: “It is brilliant to see that the public has had a chance to comment on these proposals at an early stage.
“I hope the people of Shirecliffe welcome and use this opportunity to contribute to creating a green area for the community.”
The landfill currently accepts about 240,000 tonnes of waste each year, but this is expected to reduce significantly over the next four years.
Once the landfill is closed, Parkwood will be transformed into an idyll open to the public, complete with woodland and grasslands.
The first public consultation session has already taken place at Shirecliffe Community Centre.
Another will take place at the same venue next Thursday, between 5pm and 8pm.
A formal planning application is expected to be submitted to the council in May.
Mike Haworth, Viridor head of delivery for landfill energy projects, said: “The Parkwood site will eventually become a valuable resource for informal public access within the wider Parkwood Springs area by linking it to existing public footpaths and rights of way in the Upper Don Valley corridor and surrounding area.
“The proposed restoration scheme builds upon the diverse existing landscapes of the site and surroundings.”