United Kingdom
North West; Merseyside; East Merseyside
Location of affected unit(s)
St Helens
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management And Remediation Activities
Waste Collection, Treatment And Disposal Activities; Materials Recovery
38.3 - Materials recovery

100 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 June 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


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).



Eurofound (2020), Viridor, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101316, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101316.