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Viridor braves stormy weather for WasteAid Scafell Pike challenge

24th July 2017

Viridor joined a group of UK waste professionals to climb England’s highest peak – the Lake District’s Scafell Pike – in stormy weather to raise much-needed charity cash for WasteAid.

Viridor’s Regulatory Affairs Director Dan Cooke said: “Despite the foul weather that accompanied us from about halfway up, having been promised we’d make it to the top for sunset, it was great to join the WasteAid team and conquer the summit of Scafell Pike. “

Dan added: “A good turnout (and nearly everyone made it all the way up) shows the real commitment of people from across our sector in supporting the fantastic and important work of this recently established charity.

“Hopefully we did our bit to raise money and awareness to help progress good practice in waste and recycling in developing countries and challenged communities – all power to their elbow.”

Dan’s fundraising efforts, enhanced by a Viridor contribution, saw £500 submitted to WasteAid's crucial work.

WasteAid Head of Communications Zoë Lenkiewicz said the Walk for Waste on July 15 saw 27 supporters climb Scafell Pike.

 Zoe added: “At the summit, the weather was quite challenging, with 50mph and hail, and certainly no sunset in sight! The walk back to the bottom was rather soggy but that didn’t stop everyone having a good time.

 “So far, the Walk for Waste has raised more than £5,000 for the cause, and donations are still rolling in. “

WasteAid provides waste management and recycling support to communities in lower- and middle-income countries that don’t have any waste management service. Through sharing simple recycling techniques, WasteAid enables people to become self-employed recycling entrepreneurs.

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