EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: East Merseyside; Merseyside; North West
Location of affected unit(s): St Helens


Sector: Utilities
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
38.3 - Materials recovery
Number Employed: 100

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 22-06-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 100
Planned Job Reductions max: 100
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Direct Dismissals: 100

Additional Information

Viridor, the British recycling and waste management company has confirmed that it will close its waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) reprocessing facility in St Helens, in north west England, making 100 jobs redundant.

A spokesperson for Viridor said that the redundancy consultation with the affected workers had already started. 

Viridor has the UK’s largest network of recycling and energy recovery facilities with a waste collection service.  It is one of two WEEELABEX accredited recycling facilities in the UK. A recycling plant operated by Viridor (in Perth) could increase its capacity to recycle WEEE. The closure could lead to difficulties for the refrigerator reprocessing industry.

In a press release, Viridor announced that the company has recently been acquired by KKR, global investment firm for £4.2 billion (approximately €4.6 billion as at 24 July 2020).