Fight Is On To Safeguard Sheffield’s Recycling Services And Jobs

26 Jun 2012

GMB are campaigning in Sheffield to keep 5 Recycling Centres (DUMP IT SITES) open in the City. Current proposals will mean that these sites will close to the public through the week in June, but these closures will increase in the winter.

SOVA hold the current contract for running these sites, they won this through a Council/Veolia tender in January 2012. We are aware that their original bid was for £1 million per year but the Council and Veolia told them to cut their bid to just over £600,000. A request for information about the finances of this service through the Freedom of Information Act submitted by the GMB has revealed that the Council are paying Veolia over £941,000 per year for the service. We know that at least a further £900,000 is generated through the recycling operation itself.

We believe this service generates enough income to enable these sites to remain open to the public and maintain this excellent and vital recycling service at a time when general waste collections and green waste collections are being cut. Furthermore, the current proposals will not only see job losses but cuts to hours and pay for the workers on these sites, workers who are already amongst the lowest paid in the City.
Please sign our petition and write to your Councillors and MP’s if you agree and ask them: What are they doing to protect waste recycling in Sheffield?

SOVA Dispute Letter To MPs and Councillors.docx
SCC SOVA Veolia Income Expenditure.docx