Veolia volunteers don’t waste time in cleaning up

Staff from Veolia Environmental Services rolled up their sleeves this week and took part in a clean up day at Penrith Road Allotment site and Wardsend Cemetery. Joining forces with volunteers from Sheffield City Council Parks and Countryside, Sheffield Homes, Green Estates, Street Force and Friends of Parkwood Springs, the clean up collected just over three tonnes of dumped waste.

With a refuse collection vehicle on site to transport the waste, volunteers donned hi-visibility vests, safety shoes and gloves.  All waste collected was taken to the Energy Recovery Facility on Bernard Road where it will be put to good use and burnt to create heat and hot water for over 140 buildings across the city and electricity for the National Grid.
Judith Turner, director of operations for Veolia Environmental Services took part in the afternoon clean up session.  Commenting, she said: “We are very proud to have initiated the clean up day.  We had eighteen volunteers that took part over the morning and afternoon sessions and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.  It may seem like a relatively small gesture but the clean up goes someway to making our local community better for everyone.”
Councillor Harry Harpham, Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for homes and regeneration, said: “I would like to thank the volunteers from Veolia for taking part in the clean up day.  Sheffield is the greenest city in Britain and Sheffield City Council is committed to protecting and improving these areas.  With over 25 million visits made each year to the rich variety of urban parks, woodland and green spaces in the city, it’s great to see people giving their time and effort to improve even more places like this.”
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