Derbyshire skip firm is told to clean up its act

Steve Perez and the skip yard.
Steve Perez and the skip yard.

Environment chiefs have ordered a Clay Cross skip firm to clean up its act.

Re-Use Sales has been issued with a notice by the Environment Agency (EA) to improve the management of waste at its Furnace Hill site.

The company’s owner said her firm was complying with the EA’s order.

Businessman Steve Perez branded the site “horrifying, an eyesore, a potential health hazard and a blot on an otherwise improving landscape of Clay Cross”.

Mr Perez, whose Global Brands company used to be based next to Re-Use Sales, claimed that a business which promised to create 100 jobs in Clay Cross was put off moving into his old premises because of the “mess” nearby.

Mr Perez said: “This has been a problem for several years now and it’s about time Re-Use Sales cleaned up its act.”

A spokesman for the EA said: “We are aware of the concerns around this site and have made several visits over the last few months.

“We can confirm that we have issued a notice to Re-Use Sales to improve the management of waste on their site.

“If our officers don’t see any notable improvements then we will explore legal options.”

A Derbyshire County Council spokesman added: “We’re aware of concerns which have been raised about the site and will be working with the EA and other authorities to resolve the issues.”

Diane Ashworth, owner of Re-Use Sales, told the Derbyshire Times: “I can assure you we are working with the EA to rectify problems on our site.

“Re-Use Sales has occupied this site since 1996.

“Mr Perez moved into the premises in 2001 and was fully aware at the time that he was moving next door to a skip yard.”

The company’s website states: “Re-Use Sales provides a reliable and professional service for our customers together with many years experience in the industry.”

The company, which employs 14 people, provides skips and waste clearance across Derbyshire.