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Viridor supports Kent Wildlife Trust

October 11, 2010

Recycling and waste management company Viridor, with regional headquarters in Kings Hill, is delighted to partner Kent Wildlife Trust. 

As of this month, Viridor has become a corporate partner of the Trust and will investigate working opportunities to support local wildlife initiatives and raise awareness amongst employees about the important work of the Trust and how Viridor is restoring landfill sites across the country to the highest biodiversity standards.

Communications manager for Viridor, Victor Perez-Mares, said: “What many people don’t realise is that restored landfill sites provide an excellent environment for local wildlife to thrive on. For instance, many rare species of birds, insects and even reptiles are being observed in our landfills up and down the country.

“Partnering with Kent Wildlife Trust is another way in which we want to further support the enhancement of habitats and raise awareness about wildlife conservation.”

Julie Clare, community fundraising officer for Kent Wildlife Trust said:  “Like other businesses, Viridor has a key role to play in the realisation of The Wildlife Trust’s vision of ‘A Living Landscape’, both as a landholder and an integral part of the community. We are delighted to welcome them on board as a corporate partner.”

Part of the FTSE-250 Pennon Group, Viridor achieved The Wildlife Trust Biodiversity Benchmark in recognition of the excellent work carried out at three of its closed landfills in south west England.

With purposely-developed Biodiversity Action Plans, the three sites have become havens for several rare and endangered species.

Dormice and bats at Odcombe in Somerset, and sand lizards, adders and woodlarks at Tatchells and Warmwell in Dorset are all thriving thanks to Viridor’s careful land management and support from various conservation organisations.

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

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