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Hinkley nuclear power waste contract goes to Viridor

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Viridor has won the waste management contract at Hinkley Point C, the 3,200MWe nuclear power station on the north Somerset coast.

The company has signed a zero-to-landfill agreement with EDF Energy, which is building two nuclear reactors at the site.

Food waste will be taken to Viridor’s anaerobic digestion facility at Walpole in Somerset and mixed dry recycling will be sorted through the Priorswood MRF in Taunton.

Non-recyclable waste will go to energy recovery facilities, including the Avonmouth Resource Recovery Centre, once it is operational next year.

Viridor Hinkley Point C contract manager Louise Skinner said: “Viridor, with its headquarters in the south-west and national network of advanced recycling, energy recovery and landfill diversion facilities, is able to offer a total waste management package directed by UK-wide experience in a regionally focused manner.”

Viridor will also be delivering an education package to encourage all contractors at the site to recycle and ’Stop before you drop’.

A team will visit the site and explain the recycling process, host sustainability days and inter-office competitions, carry out floor walks, and use signage using the ‘Right Stuff in the Right Bin’ message.

EDF Energy environment and sustainability manager Marcus Pearson said: “Our partnership with Viridor is excellent news for the project and a vital part of our commitment to drive wider sustainability across the site, whether that be through environmental management, ecological mitigation or our work to build a strong, local supply chain.”

Viridor also has the waste management contract for two campuses for Hinkley Point C workers run by Somerset company Host. Combined, the two campuses can accommodate 1,500 people.

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