Media Release: Green jobs at Coatbridge High

Viridor Coatbridge High March 16 LOW

VIRIDOR – one of the UK’s leading recycling, resources and renewable energy companies – attended Coatbridge High School Careers Fair, to engage with its pupils and parents about the future of the green economy and opportunities available to them as Viridor invests £500 million in Scotland’s next generation recycling and resource management infrastructure.

Viridor employs over 3,200 people that form part of the UK’s sustainable waste sector, in various roles from renewable energy professionals, recycling and resource managers, to environmental, engineering, technical, finance, contract management, sales and customer service colleagues.

The company operates from 12 sites in Scotland and is part of a UK network of over 300 resource centres.

In addition to its £100m advanced network of Scottish recycling facilities, the business has invested £357m in Scotland in the last 24 months.

Career entry points including placements, year in industry partnerships, apprenticeships and graduate fast-track programmes are available forming part of our vision for the future leaders of our organisation.

Former North Lanarkshire fast-track graduate, Katie Ferrie, was last year named Scottish Government ‘Young Recycler of the Year’ at the Scottish Resources Awards for her work with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Viridor, currently investment £500m in Scottish ‘next generation’ resource infrastructure, has a strong presence in Lanarkshire, offering real opportunities to the young people in the area.

In addition to Viridor’s Scottish regional office at Eurocentral, the firm operates what’s recognised as the UK’s most advanced glass recycling facility – at Newhouse, Lanarkshire – and Scotland’s most advanced materials recycling facility at Bargeddie.

Viridor is the zero waste partner for North and South Lanarkshire Councils, NHS Lanarkshire and over 3,000 Lanarkshire businesses and social enterprises.

Employing a 150 strong Lanarkshire workforce, 92 per cent of which are Lanarkshire residents, Viridor contributes £2.8m spend in the Lanarkshire economy each year.

Martin Grey, head of media relations and public affairs, said: “Viridor is at the forefront of investment in the UK’s resource economy.

“In addition to our £1.8bn UK investment programme in the green economy, we’re developing world-class infrastructure such as our £154m Glasgow Recycling & Renewable Energy Centre at Polmadie and our £25m Glass Recycling Facility at Newhouse.

“Combined with existing and forthcoming developments, these represent great opportunities for young people from local communities interested in renewable energy, modern resource management, environmental management, engineering, finance or customer service.

“With investment in infrastructure comes investment in communities and we were delighted to link up with Coatbridge High.

“The young people there understood the potential of careers in the green economy and we look forward to continuing our conversations with a number of young people about their next steps – be that employment, college or university.”


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 24 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; and

    * £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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Contact: Martin Grey
Phone: 07717797133