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Liberal Democrats visit Viridor's recycling facility

Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg has visited recycling facilities in Taunton, Somerset, owned by waste management firm Viridor.

Clegg and Lib Dem MP for Taunton Jeremy Browne paid a visit to the recycling centre at Priorswood Crown Industrial Estate to take a tour of the facility (28 May).

It comes after MRW recently reported that the main political parties put waste and recycling issues, after expenses, at the heart of their campaigns for the local and European elections.

The Lib Dems were given a tour of all the recycling facilities at Priorswood including the household waste recycling centre, the materials recycling facility and the composting site.

The Priorswood site is under contract to the Somerset Waste Partnership.

Viridor operates 18 household waste recycling centres in Somerset from small sites handling 1,000 tonnes a year to the largest handling 20,000 tonnes a year. Viridor plans to incorporate automatic number plate recognition into all of the household waste recycling sites to prevent illegal tipping in Somerset, although many already have this facility.

Viridor contracts regional manager Chris Jonas said: The infrastructure at our integrated recycling facility at Priorswood helps businesses and individual householders achieve a consistently high level of recycling performance and Somerset work towards a strong recycling society. Viridor were proud to show our impressive facilities to Nick Clegg and Jeremy Browne.

The waste firm has also recently signed a five-year contract with Suffolk County Council to dispose of residual waste from Waveney District Council at is landfill site in Wangford. Viridor will collect 30,000 tonnes of residual waste per year from residents.


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