65 lay-offs as DOE probes dumping

City Waste, Campsie. (0706PG50)
City Waste, Campsie. (0706PG50)

Sixty-five people have been laid off at the Derry waste firm at the centre of illegal dumping allegations.

Around 15 staff remain at City Waste plant in Campsie to “clean up” as the company prepares to mount a legal challenge against its “shock” closure by the Department of Environment on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the company told the ‘Journal’ last night: “There are over 80 people employed at City Waste but due to the revocation of the company’s licence 65 people have had to be laid off today. The remaining employees are staying to clean up the facility.”

The firm’s licence was revoked on Wednesday after an announcement by Alex Attwood that one of the biggest- ever cases of illegal dumping, running into “many, many millions of pounds” had been uncovered in the Mobouy area on the outskirts of Derry.

The Minister said his department revoked a licence to “stop in its tracks” any further operation at the site.