Focus on jobs at new recycling facility

Leeds City Council and Veolia Environmental Services are on course to start work on the city’s new recycling and energy recovery facility (RERF).

Construction work is set to begin in September at the Cross Green Industrial Estate site and will bring new investment and jobs to the city.

The partnership between Veolia and the council is committed to delivering local opportunities for Leeds residents and they have recently met with employment and skills providers from across the city to discuss how local people can benefit from employment and training opportunities on the new construction site.

Paul Fowler, general manager for Veolia Leeds, said:

“We’re looking forward to forging links with the community to help fill the 300 positions on site that will be available during the construction phase.

“We’ll deliver opportunities throughout the construction period but once we are operational we will recruit 45 people on a permanent basis to work at the recycling and energy recovery facility.”

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills, said:

“Ensuring we can give people the right training and job opportunities on this development project will help lay the foundations for a highly skilled, local workforce. The immense amount of work going on in the background to lay these foundations gives us great confidence that people will be able to benefit directly and indirectly from the construction and operation of the new facility.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment, said:

“The economic and social benefits of the new facility are just as important as the environmental benefits, so we’re pleased that so much effort has gone into working with local agencies to maximise these opportunities.”



• Once operational, up to 214,000 tonnes of Leeds’ black bin waste will go through the facility a year.

• Recyclable materials will be removed with the remainder being incinerated.

• The process will generate enough electricity to power up to 20,000 homes.

• The facility will save £200 million compared to the cost of landfilling waste over the lifetime of the contract.

For media enquiries please contact:

Kevin Parker, regional communications manager, Veolia on 07909 883 226

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office on 0113 395 1577