50 Job Losses As Waste Firm Falls Into Administration

A Sunderland waste management company has fallen into administration after more than 40 years in business, following the loss of a major contract. 

The closure of Alex Smiles ltd is expected to cause 50 redundancies.

Baker Tilly Restructuring and Recovery was appointed to the operation on May 7, and says it is currently working to sell off the firm’s assets in order to pay creditors.

Earlier this year the firm had been served with three legal notices by the Environment Agency for over-storing waste at its nine-acre site, which posed a fire hazard.

EA – “Since the end of February we have served the company with three legal notices which means they cannot now accept any more waste onto the site and must reduce levels of certain types of waste back to the amounts set out in their environmental permit”

An Environment Agency (EA) spokesman said: “Following our regular inspections we discovered a number of issues on the site at Deptford Terrace in Sunderland.

“Since the end of February we have served the company with three legal notices which means they cannot now accept any more waste onto the site and must reduce levels of certain types of waste back to the amounts set out in their environmental permit.

“Although the site is not allowed to accept any more waste, it can deal with the waste already there, including a requirement to reorganise it to reduce the potential risk of fire.

“We will be monitoring this situation closely and considering further action should we need to, working with other organisations to ensure the waste site is managed correctly.”

The firm was originally established by husband and wife, Alex and Jane Smiles, and at one  point employed as many as 80 staff.


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