Thursday, 1 August 2013

Job seekers and businesses invited to discuss opportunities at new recycling facility

Leeds City Council and Veolia Environmental are holding two events to promote new jobs and business opportunities on the construction site of the new recycling and energy recovery facility (RERF).

Local businesses who are interested in commercial opportunities at the Cross Green Industrial Estate site are invited to call (0113) 881 4810 to book a slot at the meet the buyer event on Monday 5 August from 9am – 12pm.

The meet the buyer event is being held at the Mega Centre, 32 York Road (appointment required).

Residents who are interested in employment opportunities are invited to drop in to the employment event on Monday 5 August from 2pm – 7pm.

The employment event is being held at the Richmond Hill Community Centre.

Paul Fowler General Manager for Veolia Leeds, said:

“This demonstrates our strong commitment to supporting the local economy and ensuring that our new facility helps get local people into jobs and training opportunities that will be created by our partnership with Leeds City Council.

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

“We’re looking forward to welcoming as many local people as possible to the jobs event and hope to see many Leeds businesses at the meet the buyer event.

“The new waste and recycling facility is being built for the benefit of Leeds people so we want Leeds residents and businesses to benefit from the skills development, jobs, and supply chain opportunities which will have a positive impact for years to come.”

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

“This is going to be landmark building that will help us realise our recycling ambitions. I hope that many local residents will help us in achieving this ambition by benefiting from the jobs that will be created throughout the construction phase and into operations.

“Potential recruits and suppliers are encouraged to join us at the events to learn more about how they, our economy and environment will benefit from the new facility.”

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Notes:
• 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