Fly infestation near recycling plant

Viridor Glass recycling plant in Sutton
Viridor Glass recycling plant in Sutton

SWARMS of flies are plaguing buzzed-off residents who live near a St Helens recycling site.

Neighbours living near Viridor’s Sutton plant say their homes and gardens have recently become covered in flies - and that the problem got even worse in the last week amid the early summer heatwave.

Residents are pointing the finger at the recycling firm and have contacted the Environment Agency to complain.

Peter Johnson, from the Environment Agency, said officers believed that the sudden influx of flies in the area was “a result of a change in the type of waste being processed” at Viridor’s Lancots Lane site.

He said: “We are investigating enforcement options regarding this incident and are sending a leaflet to residents to keep them informed of our activity.

“We understand that this is a nuisance for local people and are monitoring the situation closely with the aim of resolving the problem quickly. We are visiting the site frequently to check on progress.”

A Viridor spokeswoman said: “Viridor is aware of fly complaints in the Sutton area of St Helens in the vicinity of the Lancots Lane facility. Viridor takes such complaints very seriously and is investigating the allegations.”