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Viridor acquires collection operation

Viridor has bought the collection division of Commercial Recycling (CRL) in Dorset and Somerset.

As part of the agreement, CRL will retain its waste transfer and recycling business, with the collection side transferred to Viridor on 1 June for an undisclosed amount.

The acquisition includes a 1,000-strong customer base, 18 collection vehicles, the lease of a vehicle depot and the Tupe integration of 36 full-time employees.

Mark Woods, Viridor’s regional director, said: “Alongside our current £1.5bn investment programme, a key element of our growth strategy is the expansion of our collection services, and this acquisition is a further milestone in strengthening our business.

“Combining this new service capacity and fleet integration will help Viridor deliver the best service and quality to customers.”

CRL is jointly owned by shareholders Ian Mariner and Bill Riddle.

Mariner said the sale was the right one for customers and colleagues: “Viridor has an outstanding reputation as a leader in recycling and resource management, and I know the division will be in safe hands with them. We will continue to work with the team to ensure a smooth handover.”

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