Sheffield landfill site to close next month

Parkwood landfill site in Sheffield is to be closed
Parkwood landfill site in Sheffield is to be closed

Sheffield’s Parkwood landfill site is to partially close from next month ahead of the site totally shutting in 2018, it has been announced.

From August 1, the site on Parkwood Road will only accept limited materials such as processed rubble and excavated earth.

Owners Viridor say the continued operation of the site ‘is no longer viable’ due to increasing costs, the landfill tax and the increased availability other ways of disposing of rubbish such as recycling services.

The company, which has run the site since 2002, says it is ‘working very hard’ to avoid compulsory redundancies. Full site closure is to take place by 2018, with the land to be restored to public use by 2020.

Non-recyclable material from Parkwood will be diverted to Runcorn Energy Recovery Facility or to Viridor’s landfill site at Erin, near Chesterfield.

The site’s landfill gas operation, which currently generates around 3MW of renewable energy, will continue to operate.

Ian Morrish, landfill energy director for Viridor, said: “In line with our business strategy to transform waste into high quality recyclables and into energy, the wind-down and aftercare programme for our landfill sites has commenced with the closure of Parkwood landfill to active waste.

“We are working very hard to avoid compulsory redundancies and will be seeking to redeploy existing staff into other areas of the business, where possible.”