Sheffield Council considers ending waste contract early

Sheffield City Council has said it is considering a move to end its contract with a waste firm 20 years early, claiming the deal is no longer fulfilling its needs.

180 jobs would be at risk if the deal with Veolia is terminated, however, the council has assured that affected workers would be consulted on any changes.

Veolia currently runs the Bernard Road incinerator, recycling centres, Sheffield's district heating network, and deals with bulky items and abandoned vehicles. The company has been collecting and disposing the city's waste since 2001, with the contract not set to expire until 2036.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “It is no secret that we are operating in very tough financial times and we have to do things differently.

“Our contract with Veolia, which was signed 16 years ago, is no longer meeting our needs and is no longer compatible with the tough financial landscape in which the government is forcing us to operate.

“In last year’s budget we set out crucial savings targets and unfortunately we have been unable to achieve these savings from the existing contract. We need to find a best-value solution that ensures a quality waste service for Sheffield taxpayers.

“We also know that Veolia currently employs around 180 people in Sheffield. We are committed to consulting with the affected workforce on any proposed changes if they are approved by Cabinet next week. We are confident that, by making changes to our waste policy, we can continue to provide a high-quality service to residents – and provide better value for money at the same time.”

A decision will be made at a council cabinet meeting on 18 January.

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