Media Release: Viridor targets Longannet staff for energy recovery programme

Longannet Jobs Fayre Jan 2015(2)

VIRIDOR – one of the UK’s leading recycling, resources and renewable energy companies – has targeted staff at ScottishPower’s Longannet Power Station who may have the right transferable skills for the company’s £1.8bn UK energy recovery facilities programme.


Viridor’s Scottish investment programme, which has seen £357m committed north-of-the-border in the last 24 months, includes the £154m Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC) at Polmadie, Glasgow and the £177m Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility at East Lothian.

Both facilities are set to recover green energy from residual waste left after recycling.

Says a spokesperson: “The Longannet site, which is Scotland’s last coal-fired power station, is due to close in March. The owner, ScottishPower, hosted a recent employment event for staff to affected staff to speak with potential employers.”

Commenting, Viridor capital projects & engineering director, Alan Cummings, said: “At Viridor, our network of 318 facilities across the UK work to help partner councils, corporates and communities give the world’s resources new life.

“In addition to investing in state-of-the-art recycling technologies, such as the UK’s most advanced glass recycling facility in Lanarkshire, we’ve invested £1.8bn in a network of next generation energy recovery facilities.

“Both our recycling and resources and energy teams are always looking for experienced and talented individuals and the careers fair at Longannet was the perfect opportunity for us to talk to some of the high calibre workforce at the site.

“We are looking for bright, experienced and committed people at all levels to join us and play a vital role in driving a more sustainable economy and would encourage staff to check our website, updated weekly, at”

Viridor works with over 100 local authorities across the UK, including 96 per cent of Scottish councils, and operates a network of over 318 sites nationwide.

To find out more about the careers available at Viridor, please click here.


Notes to editors:


  • Part of the FTSE 250 Pennon Group, Viridor’s purpose is to give the world’s resources new life.
  • Every day, Viridor takes what British homes and businesses throw away and transforms it into essential quality materials, resources and energy for customers across the UK and globally.
  • Viridor works in partnership with over 150 local authorities including 96 per cent of Scottish councils. It supports public bodies including NHS Scotland, National Museums of Scotland, Scottish universities and colleges and supports Scotland’s leading businesses including Scottish Power, RBS, BAE Systems and Coca Cola Enterprises.
  • The company is investing £1.8bn in vital low carbon infrastructure and has the UK’s largest network of 327 advanced recycling, energy recovery and landfill diversion facilities
  • In addition to its £100m Scottish network of recycling-led technologies, the company has announced £357m of Scottish investment in the last twenty-four months including:
  • £177.4m Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), Oxwellmains, 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.
  • Viridor embodies the circular economy, managing over seven million tonnes of recyclates and resources each year, of which 2.4 million tonnes are recycled. With seven energy recovery facilities and four more under construction across the UK city-regions, Viridor currently produces enough energy to power over 330,000 homes.
  • Viridor makes a substantial contribution to the green economy through investment in people and skills, employing over 3,200 people at 318 facilities. In addition to professional, fast-track graduate, skilled, apprentice and new entrant programme, the company operates a foundation management degree and delivered 5,887 training days in 2014/15.
  • Viridor leads technology and innovation in the sector, investing in progressive opportunities such as the DECC sponsored Viridor and Highview Power energy storage project and the UK’s most advanced glass recycling facility, using technology to give resources new life.
  • Viridor is a leading member of the Green Alliance Circular Economy Task Force, the All-Party Sustainable Resources Group and holds a three star ranking in the Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index.
  • Viridor has won a series of national and international awards including the National Recycling Award for Local Authority Innovation; Best Private Sector Initiative at the Scottish Resources Awards; CIWM Award for the Best Run UK Waste Management Facility; the Industry Award for Excellence for Design of a Recycling or Waste Management Facility and the CIWM Resource Learning & Development Award for Education.

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