The main purpose of the study was to compare carabid beetles assemblages from recultivated and spontaneously regenerated forest of post−industrial areas. The survey was conducted in southern part of Poland in three environmental types: recultivated (afforested) dumping grounds, spontaneously re−vegetated dumping grounds and reference forests. In total, 2036 specimen belonging to 36 Carabidae species were collected. GLM analysis indicated that carabids assemblages structures (abundance, species richness, Fisher alpha index, general biomass and mean individual biomass) decreased on recultivated dumping grounds in comparison to areas with spontaneous succession and reference forest. Analysis of redundancy showed a wide variety of species composition and life traits parameters in respect to environmental types. SIMPER analysis showed that species characteristic for recultivated dumping grounds included e.g. Harpalus rufipes and Calathus erratus (small body size and herbivore strategy of feeding). C. erratus was the most dominant on spontaneously regenerated dumping grounds, while species typical for forest ecosystems included representatives of Carabus and Pterostichus sp. (brachypterous large or medium size predators).