Recycling and recovery

HRH Prince Charles visits SUEZ collection crews in Doncaster after November flooding

HRH Prince Charles has today (Monday 23 November 2019) met with SUEZ collection crews in Fishlake near Doncaster as part of a visit to meet those who helped during severe flooding in November.

The SUEZ team formed part of a delegation of emergency service staff and operations volunteers who responded to the flooding last month.

SUEZ – which manages Doncaster’s municipal waste and recycling service – assisted with the clean up operation after ‘biblical’ levels of rainfall fell on the town. Over a six week period, over 90 refuse collection vehicles and 80 ‘roro’ skips, alongside scores of SUEZ staff, helped with the clean up.

SUEZ Contract General Manager for Doncaster, Victoria Crabtree said: “It was great for the crews to be recognised today during the visit by HRH Prince Charles. We talked about how we manage Doncaster’s waste and recycling service, and also how the town had been flooded in 2007 - he quipped that we should be ‘old hands’ then!”

Victoria added: “I’m really proud of all the hard work the SUEZ team in Doncaster has put in over the last six weeks – I hope everyone has a well-earned Christmas rest.”

Household recycling and waste collections were impacted in Doncaster and Calderdale in mid-November as a result of extremely heavy rainfall in these areas.

In Doncaster, despite temporarily losing access to both transfer stations due to the floods, the SUEZ teams responsible for household collections were quickly able to get the service up and running, working weekends and extended hours to make up for lost collection time.