Outrage over ‘Stinking’ Doncaster rubbish dump

Waste Transfer Station at andall Stones Road Industrial Estate, Kirk Sandall
Waste Transfer Station at andall Stones Road Industrial Estate, Kirk Sandall

Emergency meetings are being held to tackle a ‘stinking’ Doncaster rubbish dump that is making residents’ lives a misery.

The controversial Waste Transfer Station on Sandall Stones Road Industrial Estate, Kirk Sandall, opened in 2014 despite objections from more than 1,000 people.

Edenthorpe Parish Councillor Paul Bissett said householders’ biggest fears about smells and discarded rubbish had been realised - and that the situation was only set to get worse.

He said: “It’s disgusting, there’s rubbish strewn around streets, the cleanliness of the place is disgusting and the smells are horrendous, particularly in hot weather.

“We had a meeting about four weeks ago with managers at the facility as the situation was appalling and an emergency meeting is planned.

“Things improved slightly, but the reality is the situation is only going to get worse as the plant is not currently operating at full capacity.”

Coun Bissett said the waste facility was ‘in totally the wrong place’.

“Obviously the powers that be decided saving money was a bigger priority than residents who have to live near it.”

Final planning permission for the Doncaster Council facility in Kirk Sandall was granted in June 2014. The then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, decided not to intervene despite the high number of objections.

A spokesperson for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, the firm that runs the site, said: “Waste management operations at Kirk Sandall are governed by robust management measures designed to control odours. However, we are aware of a number of complaints about waste smells and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

“SUEZ is now working with local people and the council through an established community liaison group to ensure all practicable means are employed to limit the impact of our operations on the local community.”

The transfer station aims to cut the amount of household rubbish sent to landfill. Waste is stored there before being transported to a treatment facility at Manvers.

It is envisaged that up to 185,000 tonnes of waste from across Doncaster will be stored at the site each year. A daily convoy of more than 200 wagons will call at the station when it is running at full capacity.