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Viridor starts Sheffield landfill wind-down

The Parkwood landfill site in Sheffield will stop accepting active waste from August, Viridor has announced.

The move anticipates the complete closure of the site, which is planned for 2018.

Ian Morrish, landfill energy director at Viridor, said: “In line with our business strategy to transform waste into high-quality recyclables or energy, including our £1.5bn investment in energy recovery technology, the wind-down and aftercare programme for our landfill sites has commenced with the closure of Parkwood to active waste.”

The landfill will continue to accept inert material such as processed rubble and excavated earth as part of its restoration plan, which is expected to be completed by 2020.

Viridor said the continued operation of the site was no longer viable due to increasing costs, landfill tax and the increasing availability of recycling and energy recovery services.

Residual waste from Parkwood will be diverted to Viridor’s Runcorn Energy Recovery Facility or to another landfill site at Erin, near Chesterfield.

Morrish said Viridor aimed to redeploy staff working at the landfill site into other areas of the business. The company acquired the site from Parkwood Holdings in 2002.

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