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Viridor in Peterborough funds community projects

25th August 2017

The Peterborough and District Talking Newspaper for the Blind is the first to benefit from the Viridor in Peterborough Fund, receiving much-needed cash which will help to ensure it continues its proud 36-year tradition of providing a free weekly audio version of the local news for visually impaired people.

Paul Rowland, Viridor in Peterborough (ViP) Chairman, visited the Peterborough and District Talking Newspaper Association and was delighted to see the equipment that had been purchased following their successful application to the Viridor in Peterborough (ViP) Fund. The organisation received £2,508.

He said: “It was good to meet some of the team today who work tirelessly to give visually impaired individuals in the city access to local news. The equipment purchased with the funding has given confidence to the team and means that they can continue their mission within the community.”

Volunteers work to edit, record, copy and distribute the audio news and had made an application for ViP funding to purchase new copying equipment. This will ensure a more robust and reliable service for the future.

The Viridor in Peterborough Fund comprises an annual contribution of £20,000 made by Viridor, one of the UK’s biggest recycling and renewable energy companies, and will be ‘topped-up’ with one pound for every tonne of waste brought to the Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) from local businesses for the next 30 years of the partnership. The ERF enables the City of Peterborough to divert 85,000 tonnes of residual (black bag) waste from landfill each year; recovering vital energy, power for the city and thousands of homes.

The state-of-the-art plant is one of the most efficient in the UK and aims to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent the city produces by 10,000 tonnes per year, making a significant contribution to a more sustainable Peterborough.

Any community-led organisation in the Peterborough area is eligible to apply to the Viridor fund and there is an easy-to-use application guide online [add link] . Funding of projects is awarded on a set of criteria based around sustainability, local need, community involvement, value for money and education.

Councillor Gavin Elsey, Peterborough City Council cabinet member for waste and street scene, said: “I’m delighted to see this fantastic local good cause be the first to benefit from the council’s partnership with Viridor and the Peterborough Community Benefit Fund they launched earlier in the year.

“The annual £20,000 that’s been set aside is there to enhance the support local community organisations provide to local people and I hope this news will encourage others to come forward and make bids to the fund.”

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