City rubbish collection firm puts workers at risk of redundancy

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JOBS are at risk at Portsmouth City Council’s waste collection firm.

Biffa has confirmed up to five jobs could be axed on its recycling and refuse collection contract.

But staff fear the figure could be even higher.

The firm took over from Veolia to collect household rubbish and recycling in Portsmouth last October.

Its staff collect waste from almost 90,000 houses and flats.

Biffa spokesman Blair Drummond confirmed it is consulting with union representatives about possible redundancies of staff employed on the contract.

Mr Drummond said: ‘No final decision has been made, and we are feel there are reasonable prospects for redeploying some staff to other contracts in the area.’

About 80 staff transferred to Biffa from Veolia when it was awarded the Portsmouth contract for waste and recycling collections last year.

The eight-year deal is worth up to about £20m.