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Viridor sells Wigan landfill site

Viridor has sold a former landfill site in Greater Manchester as part of a strategy to cut the number of sites it owns from 21 last year to just three by 2020.

The company has completed the sale and transfer of its Whitehead landfill restoration in Wigan to commercial property developer NPL Group.

The site was formerly used as a residual waste facility by the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority before being mothballed.

Viridor says the deal is in line with company strategy to realise value from the landfill portfolio.

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Chris Jonas, director of business development, said: “While recognising the contribution of modern, engineered landfill as both a secure residual waste disposal option and as a the pioneer of British renewable energy in its day, a firm focus on recycling and investment in energy recovery is hastening an end to its legacy use.

“That said, Viridor’s landfill asset base presents significant opportunities for the business, both internally and through the release of some sites for commercial development.

“The sale and transfer of Whitehead is good news for both Viridor and the local community, which can look forward to the longer-term development of the land with NPL Developments.”

Simon Towers, managing director of NPL Group, said the company would work with Wigan and Salford councils to determine appropriate uses for the large site. 

“We will bring some positive ideas for employment generation to those discussions,” he said.

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