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Rubbish to refuge

October 5, 2010

Viridor has been awarded ‘Biodiversity Benchmark’ status by the Wildlife Trusts for three of its South West landfill sites.

Tatchells and Warmwell in Dorset and Odcombe in Somerset are all now closed landfills that have been restored to encourage wildlife and enhance habitats and the wider environment.

The transformation has been so successful they have become havens for several rare and endangered species. Dormice and bats at Odcombe and sand lizards, adders and woodlarks at Tatchells and Warmwell are all thriving thanks to Viridor’s careful land management and support from various conservation organisations.

Adrian Bailey, who is responsible for the aftercare of Viridor’s closed landfills, said:

“We already recognised that our landholdings, particularly closed landfill sites, could have significant benefits to plants and wildlife. In order to better understand the potential of these sites, we carried out ecological assessments, which led to the development of Biodiversity Action Plans to enhance habitats and species of national importance.

“Meeting the rigorous standards required to achieve Biodiversity Benchmark status is a reflection of our commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment on and around our sites for future generations.”

Peter Dorans, Corporate Relations Manager for The Wildlife Trusts, said: “I am delighted Viridor has achieved Biodiversity Benchmark for these three sites. The sites demonstrate that even somewhere that has been used for landfilling in the past, with careful and committed management wildlife can flourish. 

“Like other businesses Viridor has a key role to play in the realisation of our vision of ‘A Living Landscape’, both as a landholder and an integral part of the community.  Achievement of Biodiversity Benchmark is a major challenge and demonstrates Viridor’s commitment to playing a full part in the restoration of the natural world.”

Viridor is currently the only recycling and waste management company to hold the certification, and is hoping to achieve the status across three more of its closed landfills this year.

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