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Community education strategy recognised by prestigious responsible business awards

23rd April 2018

Viridor has been recognised by the UK’s longest-running awards programme which champions responsible businesses in the UK and abroad.

The listing for the Business in the Community (BITC) Education Award 2018 is a result of the waste management firms new ‘Business Class Strategy’ inspired by Ardley Energy Recovery Centre’s successful partnership with an Oxfordshire based school.

Jessica Baker-Pike, Education and Visitor Centre Officer at Viridor’s Ardley Energy Recovery Centre (ERF), said: “It’s been a pleasure to see The Bicester School’s year-on-year increase in girls opting for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects throughout the partnership.

“In supporting local schools we are nurturing young talent and we get to open their eyes to waste management and the technologies we use.”

Charlotte Roberts, Assistant Head Teacher at The Bicester School, said: “The education programme has completely transformed the way our students see the world of science and engineering.

“Students at each level won regional recognition for their work and in some cases national awards for the projects.

“We now have a record number of students opting for triple science and young people aspiring to work in a field that they would previously have discounted.”

Viridor, which aims to be a ‘good neighbour’ by providing waste education to different members of the community, has already met its 2018 target for school partnerships.

Today’s longlisting announcement coincides with BITC’s #RBWeek (Responsible Business Week) 23-27 April, an annual initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the positive contribution businesses have to society.

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