Sheffield recycling queues anger

Queues at the Shirecliffe re-cycling site
Queues at the Shirecliffe re-cycling site
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FURIOUS residents were stuck in up to an hour’s traffic as Sheffield’s household waste recycling centres reopened after a two-day strike.

Some tried to park their cars and walk in on foot – but were turned back on ‘health and safety’ grounds.

The build-up of residents wanting to dispose of waste followed good weather this weekend which led to many tidying their gardens.

John Jones, from Hillsborough, tried to drop off his green waste at the Shirecliffe site.

He said: “I was stuck in a queue so I decided to park up and walk in with the bags of waste.

“When I got to the entrance a worker from contractor Sova stopped me and said I couldn’t walk in ‘on health and safety grounds’.

“It was ridiculous. You have to get out of your car and walk once you’re inside the site anyway.”

Sova told The Star Mr Jones should not have been refused entry to the site on foot.

Operations director Steve Bennett said: “We cannot stop members of the public walking onto sites, although if they have come by car we may advise people to drive in.

“The sites have been very busy because of the strike and after the good weather.”

Mr Bennett said the company has received no notification of further strikes by the GMB union, which represents the workers.

The dispute involves unhappiness over cuts to hours and a resulting decrease in wages.

Mr Bennett said: “We are due to hold talks today involving ourselves, the union, the main waste contractor, Veolia, and council representatives with a view to resolving this dispute.”

Meanwhile, residents in parts of Crookes had their recycling collected a day late yesterday.

A Veolia spokeswoman said the delay was ‘due to an unprecedented increase in the amount of recycling presented by residents as a result of alternate week collections’.

“We are currently reviewing our collection rounds to ensure future collections take place on their scheduled day,” she added.