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BBC National News – Viridor transforming food waste

27th November 2015

“We can take that material and squeeze the energy out of it so that people, by recycling their food waste, are actually helping keep the lights on.”  That was the message from Viridor’s Director of External Affairs, Dan Cooke, speaking to BBC as part of a package broadcast on BBC 6 O’Clock News, 10 O’Clock News, BBC Radio 4 PM and online.

The feature, part of the BBC’s COP21 Paris climate change talks coverage, looked at the environmental impact of food waste. BBC’s Science Editor, David Shukman, visited Viridor sites in the North West and focused on an innovative partnership with the Environment Agency at Pilsworth landfill where the regulator is trialling drone aircraft to monitor methane emissions.

The package also feature Viridor’s Longley Lane MBT/AD facilities, focusing on how Viridor is transforming food waste into renewable energy. It featured an interview with Dan Cooke, who said:

“Any food waste – whether it’s leftover food or food that’s gone off – it’s important that people put that in the right bin.

“We can take that material and squeeze the energy out of it so that people, by recycling their food waste, are actually helping keep the lights on.”

Commenting following the broadcast, Mr. Cooke, said:

“Viridor has a great story to tell about how we’re working in partnership with our customers to transform waste and give the world’s resources new life. We’re therefore focused shouting about our successes through an enhanced share of broadcast media. We’ve had some great recent successes – from BBC 1’s ‘Hugh’s War on Waste’ and Sunday Politics, to BBC Radio 5 Live. The coverage across the two most watched and influential broadcast news bulletins – 6pm and 10pm, is great. Likewise BBC Radio 4’s PM news bulletin is the key ‘must listen’ show for political stakeholders.

“Our good progress is only possible due to the great people, facilities and services in our business. We’ve more in the pipeline and look forward to telling our story over the time ahead.”

The BBC News coverage and package is available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34938893

For further information please contact:

pressoffice@pennon-group.co.uk