Blast plant's rubbish could be sent to Sheffield

AROUND 500 tonnes of Rotherham’s rubbish– which was inside a waste plant where a factory worker died in an explosion this week– could be taken to another plant in Sheffield.

Rotherham Borough Council has confirmed it is in talks with Veolia, who run the Sheffield plant, to take the waste it usually sends to Sterecycle.

But the plant on Sheffield Road, Templeborough remains closed today after the blast which killed a site operator and left his best friend in hospital.

The 42-year-old married father of three, of Wickersley, died at Leeds General Hospital after being airlifted from site.

His colleague, 51-year-old Peter Lindon Davis, suffered serious injuries from the blast and remains in Northern General Hospital.

It is understood both men became trapped inside the site when a pressure vessel exploded– ripping a hole through the factory wall.

A Rotherham Council spokeswoman said: “As part of our waste disposal contract we use various partner organisations and following the accident we are now negotiating with Veolia Environmental Services to take extra on a temporary basis.”

Investigations into the incident are continuing.

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