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Giving the World’s resource’s new life this Recycle Week

June 23, 2015

As we head into the 12th annual National Recycling Week, the UK finds itself in a better position than ever before in terms of recycling rates and awareness – from 2010 to 2014 our national recycling rate increased by 4% to 44%.

But there is still much to do; our European target for 2020 is to be recycling half the waste we produce as a nation, and with further targets on the horizon, we all need to up our game.

Recycle Week is a celebration of everything recycling, and this year’s focus is to help the British public think more creatively about recycling, including discovering some of the more unusual items that can be recycled. At Viridor, we are helping to do just that, giving the UK’s resources new life by investing over £2bn in next generation recycling and recovery facilities nationwide.

An important landmark has been reached with the completion of our new £6m Plymouth Materials Recycling Facility (MRF). The Plymouth MRFfacility, which can process 20,000 tonnes of materials a year, became fully operational this week through a combination of refurbishment and some new pieces of state-of-the-art equipment, bringing the facility in line with the operating standards of new MRF Code of Practice regulations, and enabling our partner Plymouth City Council to benefit from a transparent ‘cradle to grave’ service.

(Image caption: L-R Chris Lynn, Viridor area manager, Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet member for Street Scene, Shirley Harrington, senior waste advisory officer at the Council and Colin Richardson, Viridor’s regional manager at the Plymouth MRF)

We now have over 30 MRFs strategically located across the country and are continually investing in the most advanced technology, including our £25m Newhouse glass plant in Scotland. We are also pleased to confirm that following the fire earlier this month our state-of-the-art Plastics Recycling Facility (PRF) in Rochester, Kent, is already receiving power again and started to process material yesterday.

To ensure that we get the maximum out of our material, whatever we can’t reuse or recycle is sent to one of our network of Energy Recovery Facilities to extract energy from the last parts of our waste – and we are now recycling nearly 100% of the material that is left at the end of that operation too, making it one of the most efficient recycling processes around.

You too can play your part in helping us to give the World’s resources new life, either by finding a new use for items lying around doing nothing, or else bringing any unwanted or broken household items to one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) where we will recycle them. Our HWRCs have won awards for site design and excellent customer service, and in areas serviced by our HWRCs recycling rates significantly exceed national averages, often achieving recycling rates of more than 80%.


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