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Type 1 diabetes charity receive over £1000 through Viridor safe working

09th November 2016

The type 1 diabetes charity JDRF becomes the latest organisation to benefit from the Viridor Safe Working scheme. Leading UK recycler Viridor works in partnership with Local Authorities and businesses across the West of England and South Wales, operating waste and recycling collection services; logistics and cutting-edge recycling facilities. Viridor’s top priority is keeping its people safe and every month that a team works safely Viridor can make a contribution to a charity, with £1165 being raised over the last six months!

Viridor operates the Filton depot with 11 collection vehicles across the Bristol area and a transfer station, offering sustainable waste and recycling collection services for commercial and Local Authority clients. Hopping over the border into Wales, Viridor manages a network of facilities including four Household Waste Recycling Centres, where members of the public bring unwanted material to be recycled. Household non-recyclable waste is transported by the firm’s collection fleet to their state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility in Cardiff.

JDRF is committed to improving the lives of those living with type 1 diabetes through research that looks into the cure, treatment and prevention of the condition and the donation from Viridor will be put towards supporting life changing research projects to find a cure. Members of the Viridor team in South Wales met with the charity to learn more about the vital work happening every day and to present the cheque.

Miranda Burdett, Regional Fundraiser for JDRF in Wales said of the donation: “We would like to say a massive thank you to the team from Viridor in South Wales and Filton. Like the recycling plants across the region we work all year round searching for a cure for type 1 diabetes. The condition affects thousands of people across Wales, impacting their lives every day and we are working to ensure we can cure it. The donation from Viridor will go a long way to helping us in our mission and make a real difference to those living with type 1 diabetes in Wales and across the globe.”

Martin Williams, Area Manager for Viridor added: “Every day we are helping the residents of South Wales to boost the amount of material they recycle. Many residents will visit our Household Waste Recycling Sites or see our collection vehicles, but much of this work takes place behind the scenes once this material is sent to our processing facilities. We are delighted that the team has focused on working safely for six months and by doing so we can support the vital work of the type 1 diabetes charity JDRF. We are continuously reviewing how we operate and are focusing ensuring we continue to work safely and look forward to supporting another donation in the coming months.”

Jason Edwards, Site supervisor at Viridor’s Troy facility nominated JDRF as a charity to benefit from the Safe Working scheme. He commented: “As a team we nominated JDRF and I was particularly passionate after my three year old son, Rory, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year. I would like to thank all my colleagues for working safely and making this donation possible, but also the team at JDRF or their research into the cure, treatment and prevention of type 1 diabetes.

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