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March 31, 2012

The Importance of Numbers

An observation I have on the world and the way people respond to topical issues is that we are very bad at understanding them in terms of a proper numerical context.  A good example is the 2008 financial crisis and its consequences for the national and international economy. We are conscious that the national debt

March 30, 2012

Restructure at Viridor St Helens Recycling Facility

Leading UK recycling company Viridor has confirmed that it is restructuring part of its business operations at the Lancots Lane recycling facility in St Helens, to secure the future profitability of the business.  Viridor has operated the recycling site at St Helens since 2002, when it acquired the business from Richardson Limited. The site

March 28, 2012

£25 million investment in West Sussex recycling complete

Viridor has announced the completion of a £25 million investment in West Sussex recycling. The revamped East Grinstead recycling site is the final project in a seven year programme to deliver a network of modern recycling facilities across the county. Richard Jenkins, Viridor’s Regional Director for West Sussex, said: “We work with local

March 26, 2012

In the words of Star Trek: engage!

Since my last blog, we have been busy sending out newsletters about the project, organising and attending public exhibitions in Croydon, Merton and Sutton – Kingston to follow – to provide local residents with an opportunity to come and talk to us about our plans for an Energy Recovery Facility at our landfill site in Beddington Lane as well as more

March 22, 2012

West Sussex Compost Scheme Scoops National Award

A new scheme running in West Sussex to improve the quality of compost produced from residents’ garden waste and increase the amount of paper recycled, has been rewarded at the Association for Organics Recycling (AfOR) Annual Awards. West Sussex County Council, Horsham District Council, Olus and Viridor succeeded in their joint application for the

March 16, 2012

Recycling Minister tours leading MRF in Suffolk

Last Friday (9 March), Waste and Recycling Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach toured Viridor’s  Masons Materials Recycling Facility in Great Blakenham, Suffolk to see first-hand how such facilities are transforming collected mixed dry recyclables into high quality commodities and helping the UK achieve its ambitious recycling targets. The Masons MRF sorts and processes recyclable

March 8, 2012

Why is incineration such a dirty word?

It’s an interesting time for energy recovery in this country, particularly from those waste streams which are generated from households or businesses. As a nation, we need to divert material from landfill. Not only that, we need to extract what value we can from it – whether that’s secondary materials in the form of recyclables

March 7, 2012

Incinerators, cars and semantics

It is refreshing to read this week Croydon Guardian’s coverage on our proposed Energy Recovery Facility actually aiming to stimulate discussion as to whether we’re proposing an incinerator or not and the semantics of it. And as it happens, discussing what to name the latest generation of facilities that recover value from our residual waste

Planning application submitted

We’d like to thank local residents for their previous interest and/or comments made towards this application. Following pre-application public consultation, our planning applications was submitted to Bolton Council towards the end of February (reference number 87582/12). We welcome any further comments you may have. Should you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact

Viridor Expresses Disappointment at Cheshire Waste Decision

Viridor, the provisional preferred bidder for the Waste Treatment contract for Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East authorities, has expressed its disappointment at the decision of the joint authority to recommend that the Cheshire Waste Private Finance Initiative be discontinued. Viridor’s proposal at Lostock Works is for a Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT)


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