2 August 2001

Onyx starts Sheffield contract with focus on integrated approach

Waste management company Onyx today (August 2) took on responsibility for the city’s refuse collection, recycling, disposal, civic amenity sites and district heating and power.

The company, which has signed a 30-year contract with the City Council, has pledged to triple Sheffield’s current levels of recycling to meet government targets. By 2005, it aims to have increased recycling from six to 18%. Sheffield City Council will remain in control of the standard of service delivery throughout the life of the 30-year contract.

Onyx has taken on former council staff, with no compulsory redundancies, and expects new jobs to be created with the development of recycling operations.


Pictured at the launch are: (l-r) Wayne Heafield (refuse collector, Onyx Sheffield); John Kutner (deputy chief executive, Onyx); Bob Kerslake (chief executive, Sheffield City Council); Michael Howley (refuse collector, Onyx Sheffield).

Plans under the contract include:

  • the construction of a state-of-the-art material recycling facility at an existing Onyx site in Beighton, which should be up and running by early 2004.
  • The enhancement and development of the Bring Bank Scheme and civic amenity sites.
  • A significant increase in kerbside collections of recyclable materials.
  • The development of a modern, efficient Energy from Waste facility and office accommodation at the company’s Bernard Road site.

Onyx Deputy Chief Executive John Kutner said: “I am delighted that Onyx can now begin to start the development of Sheffield’s integrated waste management strategy. This is a prestigious contract which we are proud to be associated with and we look forward to working with the City Council and the people of Sheffield over the next thirty years.

“Onyx will work in partnership with the city council to deliver a sustainable integrated service in accordance with the objectives of Best Value. Onyx is fully committed to the people of Sheffield to provide an environmentally friendly waste management service and committed to its employees to provide training and development.”

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