Sheffield supermarket permanently closes recycling site after ‘persistent fly tipping’
Waitrose on Ecclesall Road is home to a well-used recycling facility for Veolia and is considered one of the few places where Tetra Pak plastics can be recycled in the city.
A formal withdrawal notice has now been placed in the center, stating that it will close permanently from Sunday, June 20 and requesting that the recycling containers be removed.
“To ensure recyclable materials are disposed of in a compliant and safe manner, Waitrose continuously monitors how its recycling services for customers are provided,” the notice read.
“Due to persistent fly spills, this site has been identified as not achieving the level of service required to ensure its safe operation. “
Buyers who use the site say shutting it down punishes those who use it correctly because of a minority who don’t. The news also comes after figures obtained by the Sheffield Telegraph showed the extent of the swing of flies across Sheffield – with the equivalent of 33 incidents recorded each day by the Sheffield Council.
One shopper said online: “I use it a lot, constantly steal cheap local takeout tips, why not set up cameras and punish the culprits instead of punishing the masses as usual!”
And another added: “This is not good news. For one thing, it’s the only place in Sheffield where people can take Tetrapaks (I believe).
Two Sheffield advisers have also called for the decision to be overturned and said Waitrose should have worked to combat the tipping of flies.
“The recycling point is heavily used by customers and local residents, the vast majority of whom use it clean,” Councilor Peter Garbutt and Councilor Maroof Raouf, who represent Nether Edge and Sharrow, said in a letter.
“By hosting the recycling point, Waitrose has helped provide an important option for local people to recycle more. There was dumping and littering, but Waitrose could have worked to fix this, which it did not, despite numerous requests from councilors and residents. “
Earlier this year plans for an ‘e-commerce’ depot at Waitrose on Ecclesall Road also proved controversial, shortly after sister company John Lewis announced the proposed closure of its Sheffield store. Many have said it was the “click and collect replacement” for the old Cole Brothers store.
Councilors Garbutt and Raouf added: “The old Waitrose recycling site has been turned into apartments and now John Lewis wants to build an ‘e-commerce depot’ over more of the Waitrose parking lot. “It sounds like an exit strategy, where the John Lewis partnership looks for excuses, rather than helping provide a public service. Many loyal customers will, once again, feel disappointed by their lack of care for Sheffield and its residents. We ask them to reconsider this decision and would be happy to work with them to find a solution. “
A Waitrose spokesperson said: “The health and safety of our customers is absolutely paramount to Waitrose and following a series of misuse and fly spill incidents we have unfortunately had to remove recycling bins. We are very sorry for the disappointment and inconvenience this may cause. “
Veolia has been approached for comment.