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| A landfill “time tunnel” which explores the history of waste is part of a year-long programme of environmental events planned by Viridor this year.
In its 25-Year Environment Plan, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs named 2019 as a Year of Green Action, aimed highlighting the role that people and businesses can play in improving the environment.
The Year of Green Action is designed to build on positive environmental action already taking place, while reaching new audiences and demonstrating the power of collective action across all sections of society.
A “time tunnel” has been created at the Carymoor Environmental Trust based at Viridor’s Dimmer Landfill site in Somerset. Here, visitors are taken on a journey through time to explore waste over the history of a landfill site in a new feature which has been integrated into the landscape to help people better understand their relationship with waste.
Sustainability Advisor Dan Ulanowsky is co-ordinating the company’s programme of Year of Green Action events. He said: “Viridor’s day-to-day activities depend on responsible management of our customer’s waste and developing solutions to ensure a more efficient use of natural resources to minimise impacts on the natural environment. We want to continue to play our part in protecting it as well as encouraging our customers to do so.
“We’ll be inviting our staff – and customers where we can – to join in, volunteer and learn more about our beautiful environment and what we can all do to improve it.”
Director of Environment Ed Mitchell said: “The health of the natural environment is essential to our business. In every aspect of our operational activity we seek to leave the environment in an improved condition, for example by promoting biodiversity on our sites.
“We already have an active volunteering programme which enables staff to take part in projects such as beach cleans and habitat restorations. During 2019 we’ll be supporting the Year of Green Action and inviting our customers to join us in some of the activities we have planned.”
Monthly activities planned by Viridor so far include conservation management at operational sites, community tree planting with local wildlife trusts, volunteer beach cleans and participation in wider initiatives including National Bike Week.
Viridor will continue to provide environmental education to communities through 11 UK environmental education centres which focus on recycling and resource management issues.
Increasing our production of low carbon energy through our energy recovery facilities, solar panels and biogas are a continued area of focus, whilst 2019 also sees the launch of our Biodiversity Strategy which will set the framework for improving the biodiversity across all our operational and restored sites.
Events will be publicised on Viridor’s website and social media channels.