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Beddington ERF brings Christmas cheer to Sutton Foodbank

(L-R) helping with the sorting process, the Beddington ERF construction partners visit the Sutton Foodbank to give their support – Vincent Carles (CNIM), Neil Thompson (Fichtner), Mark Tomlinson (Sutton Foodbank), and Garry Wolfe (Viridor).

Members of the Beddington ERF construction team, including CNIM, Fichtner and Viridor, supported the Sutton Foodbank this Christmas by presenting them with £1200 that will be used to support vulnerable members of the community. The donation has been made to mark the achievement of working for 250,000 hours at the ERF without a safety incident.

The Beddington Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) supports the four boroughs of the South London Waste Partnership to divert black-bag waste away from landfill and to generate renewable energy. In recent months there have been up to 230 construction workers at the site each day. Safety is the top priority at the site and by reaching 250,000 working hours without an incident it is the equivalent to c. 120 average working years for one person. The team wanted to mark this achievement by supporting members of the local community.

With one in five people in the UK living below the poverty line, the need for additional support within our communities is an ever-growing issue. The Sutton foodbank network help thousands of people each year, and in responding to a growing need, recently opened a new centre in Beddington and Wallington local to the Beddington ERF. Every week volunteers receive donations of soup, coffee and cereals before sorting and creating food parcels to be shared with the community and representatives from the Beddington ERF went along to learn more about the work at the food store.

Garry Wolfe, project delivery manager for Viridor at Beddington noted of the achievement: “The whole team at the Beddington ERF is focused on working safely every day as we continue to complete the Beddington facility. Over the course of the construction project we have reached a number of milestones of safe working and donated money to local charities. We felt at Christmas it was important to support those in our community who might not be able to have cooked meals in the coming weeks.”

Vincent Carles of CNIM, Viridor’s construction partner said: “Every day we are committed to working safely and ensuring every colleague onsite leaves the ERF project safely. As we are now in the commissioning period there are still a large number of contractors from different companies working at the same time. We have reached an impressive milestone of 250,000 hours without an incident and are pleased to be able to support the fantastic work of the Sutton Foodbank helping the community at Christmas.”

Mark Tomlinson of the Sutton Foodbank said: “We are extremely grateful to the Beddington ERF project team for their support this Christmas. Every week we receive around 350 kg of food donations (about the weight of 2 reindeer!) and our team of volunteers sorts the various foods into packages for members of the community. We have just opened a new foodbank in the Beddington area, and this donation will enable us to continue helping around 2350 people annually with weekly food parcels. We will continue to promote ways to minimise food waste and promote recycling as part of our service.”

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