11 November 2019 by Lucy Pegg

Waste industry hit by flood disruption

Flooding across the UK this weekend has caused disruption to a number of waste and recycling services.

Re-Food’s AD plant in Doncaster was hit by the flooding (picture: Phillip Simpson Linkedin)

Most of the disruption has affected the north of England, particularly Yorkshire where flooding was caused by the River Don bursting its banks.

In Doncaster, the town’s waste contractor Suez reported on Friday (8 November) that it had lost access to both of its transfer stations, meaning it could only carry out a small number of collections, but access to the sites was regained by the evening.

A Suez spokesperson said: “We will be deploying crews tomorrow (Saturday 9 November 2019) to try and complete the scheduled collections, although while our aim is to complete as many as we can, we will only be able to collect from properties that we can access with our vehicles.”

The waste management company also experienced issues in Calderdale, Yorkshire, with the areas of Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd unsafe for crews to access due to water levels.

ReFood

Elsewhere in Doncaster, Re-Food’s facility on Ings Road was also hit by the flooding.

On Linkedin, its parent company’s commercial director Phillip Simpson, of SARIA ltd, said: “A disaster recovery contingency plan was put into action on Friday and the site teams have been working tirelessly through the weekend to restore operations on site.”

“A disaster recovery contingency plan was put into action on Friday and the site teams have been working tirelessly through the weekend to restore operations on site”

Phillip Simpson, ReFood

Elsewhere, much of Sheffield found itself underwater last week. But as the city began to recover Sheffield city council announced on Friday that its Blackstock Road Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) had re-opened after closure during the flooding.

Barnsley metropolitan borough council warned residents that flooding had meant it was unable to complete waste collections – residents were advised to leave bins out so they could be collected during the coming week.

Midlands

The Environment Agency still has 44 flood warnings in place across the country, with more heavy rain expected.

Disruption from flooding extended south into the Midlands as well, a region which could be hit by the next wave of heavy rain that is scheduled.

Newark and Sherwood borough council in Nottinghamshire have advised households whose collections were missed due to flooding to expect their waste to be taken away this week.  North West Leicestershire district council and Hinkley and Bosworth borough council experienced similar problems.

Elsewhere, in Gloucestershire Tewkesbury borough council informed residents that some bin collections had been missed due to flooding and flood water blocking roads. Crews may attempt to return to the affected homes, or side waste will be collected on the next scheduled date.

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