Viridor has confirmed the partial closure of Parkwood landfill site in Sheffield with effect from 1 August 2014. Meaning that following this date, the site will no longer accept active waste.
In order to complete the restoration of the site in keeping with its proposed revised restoration plan (currently in planning), the site will continue to accept inert material such as processed rubble and excavated earth.
The site has provided essential waste disposal services for local authorities and businesses for many years, and currently also generates renewable power by harnessing landfill gas in efficient gas engines.
Viridor acquired the site from Parkwood Holdings in 2002.
Ian Morrish, Viridor – “In line with our business strategy to transform waste into high quality recyclables and into 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 landfill to active waste”
The continued operation of the site is no longer viable due to increasing costs, landfill tax (which now stands at £80 per tonne) and increasing availability of recycling and energy recovery services.
Residual material from Parkwood will be diverted to Runcorn Energy Recovery Facility or to Viridor’s landfill site at Erin, near Chesterfield.
In keeping with the current planning permission of the site, full site closure will take place by 2018 with restoration complete by 2020.
The current planning proposals, which seek to revise the restoration contours of the site in line with reducing levels of inputs are unaffected by this closure. The site’s landfill gas operation, which currently generates around 3MW of renewable energy, will continue to operate.
Ian Morrish, Landfill Energy Director commented: “In line with our business strategy to transform waste into high quality recyclables and into 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 landfill to active waste.
“I would like to personally thank our customers and partners, and especially our employees at Parkwood landfill site for the work that they have done in recent years. We are working very hard to avoid compulsory redundancies and will be seeking to redeploy existing staff into other areas of the business, where possible.”