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News round-up 25/6

Top politician opens Viridor facility; AmerCespa for Isle of Wight contract; Extra funding for Welsh projects; Google celebrates ex-Army binman

Top politician opens Viridor facility

Carwyn Jones, first minister of Wales formally opened Viridor’s Trident Park recovery facility in Cardiff on 22 June, above.

The £223m facility is for the Prosiect Gwyrdd partnership of five local authorities.

Jones, centre, was joined by Viridor chief executive Ian McAulay, left, and the leader of City of Cardiff Council, Phil Bale.

Press release

AmeyCespa for Isle of Wight waste contract

AMEYCESPA has been chosen as the preferred bidder for the Isle of Wight’s waste management contract.

The Oxford-based waste management company will deliver services for the next 25 years, in a contract worth an estimated £225m.

It was chosen over Veolia, which has been appointed as reserve bidder should the final negotiations fall through.

Isle of Wight County Press

Extra funding for Welsh environment projects

The Welsh resources minister Carl Sargeant has agreed an extension of grant funding for 31 projects registered with Environment Wales until the end of March 2017.

Community groups have been allocated £418,000 to continue to fund the projects which include recycling schemes and environmental enterprises.

Sargeant said: “I am pleased the funding I have agreed will enable them to complete their work and they will still also have the opportunity to apply for future funding direct from the Welsh Government.”

Welsh Government

Google celebrates ex-Army man’s initiative

A military veteran who founded his own waste management company is featured on a special Google website celebrating ex-servicemen in entrepreneurship.

The Good Rubbish Company was founded in 2014 by Dickon Leigh-Wood, a former Army captain. The company employs a small team of veterans and operates a military themed waste collection vehicle in London, below. 

Dickon shared his thoughts on moving from the military to business with Google as part of an initiative on the dedicated website

Press release

Dickon Good rubbish

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