Media Release: Scottish awards nominations for Viridor

Colin Paterson Viridor

VIRIDOR has been shortlisted for a string of Scottish awards nominations at two industry-leading conferences.

The business has been shortlisted for the ‘Circular Economy Award’ at the Scottish Government-backed Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards.

Says a spokesperson: “Now in its 16th year, the prestigious VIBES Awards recognise the commitment, actions and achievements of Scottish companies working hard to reduce their impact on the environment.”

The business has also been shortlisted for three awards at Scottish Government, Zero Waste Scotland and Chartered Institution of Waste Management the Scottish Government backed Scottish Resources Conference 2015.

Viridor’s £25m glass recycling facility at Newhouse, Lanarkshire – recently opened by Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP – is shortlisted as ‘Best Private Sector Initiative’ award whilst the company’s Colin Paterson and Martin Grey have been shortlisted for ‘Outstanding Contribution’ and ‘Rising Star of the Year’ awards respectively.

Gillian Bruce, chair of the VIBES Awards, said:

“The VIBES Awards are dedicated to recognising companies which have taken significant steps to reduce their impact on the environment and we’re pleased to report that we have received a record number of entries this year.

“The quality and range of entries illustrates the diversity of Scottish businesses supporting the environment, and it is this work that we want to showcase and reward.

“Each of the shortlisted companies impressed the judges with their sustainable practices and commitment to the environment and we look forward to celebrating with each of them at the 16th VIBES Awards ceremony later this year.”

Mr. Colin Paterson, Scottish regional managing director, Viridor, added:

“Viridor is committed to helping Scottish corporates, corner shops, councils and communities transform waste into vital resources and renewable energy.

“In addition to our existing £100m Scottish network, we’re investing up to £500m in next generation Scottish infrastructure to translate zero waste policy into practice.

“It’s that combination of world-class infrastructure and excellence in customer service that’s made us the choice of 96 per cent of Scottish local authorities, public bodies and leading Scottish businesses such as RBS, Scottish Power and Coca-Cola Enterprises.

“It’s great to be recognised for our contribution to Scotland’s green economy, for our partnerships, our people and our service.”

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Part of the FTSE 250 Pennon Group, Viridor puts waste into action, transforming it into high quality recyclables, raw materials and energy.

Viridor is Scotland’s leading recycling, renewable energy and sustainable waste partner, working with 96 per cent of Scottish local authorities and some of the biggest names in Scottish business such as Scottish Power, RBS, BAE Systems and Coca Cola Enterprises.

In addition to its £100m Scottish network of recycling-led technologies, the company has announced £357m of Scottish investment in the last eighteen months including:

  • £177.4m Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), Dunbar, East Lothian
  • £154m Glasgow Recycling & Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC)
  • £25m UK’s most advanced Glass Recycling Facility, Lanarkshire
  • £300,000 flat-screen TV recycling line at its £23m E-Waste Recycling Hub, Perth
  • £180,000 Dry mixed recycling upgrade at its £11m Materials Recycling Facility, Bargeddie.

Its full range of services includes; recycling and waste advice and auditing, advanced materials recycling, glass and plastics reprocessing, composting, mechanical and biological treatment, anaerobic digestion, waste to energy, transport, collection, landfill disposal and habitat restoration and management.

Each year, Viridor transforms over two million tonnes of materials into high-quality recyclate, and yet more into over 760 gigawatt hours of renewable energy.  In total, it safely manages over eight million tonnes of recyclables and waste materials for customers from all sectors across the UK.

Employing over 3,200 people, Viridor strives to be an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable business. All sites and services are operated under the company’s business management system incorporating the highest environmental, quality and health and safety standards.

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