Recycling sites waste backlog

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Sheffield Council had to close two household waste recycling centres open during a three-day strike at the weekend to clear a huge backlog of waste which had built up after lorry drivers refused to cross the picket line to empty skips.

Containers at the sites on Douglas Road, Shirecliffe, and Blackstock Road, Gleadless Valley, had been emptied in preparation, before opening on Friday morning - leading to complaints from residents about workmen starting as early as 4am.

But they became so full after the weekend that both sites had to be closed on Monday to clear the waste. Drivers refused to empty skips during the strike because they said they felt intimidated by strikers. The strike was in protest at cuts to opening hours which have now been scaled down, although six jobs will go. Coun Jack Scott, council cabinet member for environment, said: “I would like to thank Sheffield residents for their continued patience during this dispute.”