£5.3m boost for local businesses as new Avonmouth centre takes shape

Viridor, Avonmouth

UK recycling and renewable energy company Viridor has spent £5.3 million so far with local businesses within 30 miles of the £252 million Resource Recovery Centre in Avonmouth.

The Taunton-based company has been working with local contractors including PMS, GAP Hire Solutions, Hanson and B&A on the construction of the Avonmouth centre, which will use environmentally sustainable technology to divert 320,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste away from landfill.

Viridor Managing Director Phil Piddington, said: “As part of Viridor’s Resource Recovery Centre construction we have been clear that working with local businesses is at the heart of establishing ourselves as a responsible neighbour. It is not just during the construction phase of these projects that local suppliers can benefit, we will require support throughout the life of the facility.”

When operational Viridor will generate around 34MW of low carbon energy, enough electrical power to supply 44,000 homes, the equivalent of a population larger than the city of Bath.

A third of the available capacity of this new facility will be being taken up from Somerset County Council by diverting waste which is currently transported to three landfill sites.

Hallen-based B&A Group are supplying more than 200,000 tonnes of recycled aggregates to help build the facility, with its highly experienced transport team ensuring the project runs as smoothly as possible.

Ashley Bruno, B&A Group’s recycling aggregate sales manager said: ‘‘We are delighted to be working with Viridor on its resource recovery centre here at Avonmouth. B&A being local means we can respond quickly to progress on site and are alive to local issues around moving materials and being considerate operators.’’

Viridor’s Avonmouth Project Manager, Helen Moon, added: “Viridor and its construction partners are committed to supporting local businesses, who are a key part of building strong foundations for our resource recovery centre. We have been on site now for over a year and having established strong links with local businesses is paying dividends, and is setting us up well for the next phases of construction, when progress will be clear for everyone to see.”