Viridor is a UK waste management company that transforms domestic and commercial waste and recyclables into high-quality raw materials and energy. They play a key part in the UK's transition towards a circular economy, where waste is seen as a resource rather than a problem.
Their Avonmouth Energy Recycling Facility (ERF) was opened in 2022 following at £317M investment and reducing the UK's export of plastics by 8%.
The ERF will divert 320,000 tonnes of non-recyclable household waste from more polluting landfill every year, generating over 300 GWh of electricity per year, enough to power 84,000 homes. The plastics reprocessing facility will reprocess over 80,000 tonnes of plastic every year - more than 1.6 billion bottles, tubs, and trays – creating recycled raw material to return to the economy.
Viridor has forecast that five additional plastics reprocessing facilities on this scale in the UK are needed to end all plastic waste exports from the UK.
Skills you'll develop
- Sorting Recyclable Material: Knowing what materials are recyclable and sorting objects into their relevant streams. Cardboard, paper, aluminium cans, glass and plastic packaging are common examples of materials that are accepted by municipal waste systems.
- Equipment Maintenance: Clean, maintain and operate MRF fixed plant machinery and perform basic test programmes on machinery
- Waste & Recycling Logistics: Coordinating with waste and recycling companies to arrange collection, knowing how to notify for express collection when recyclable materials unexpectedly exceed storage amounts.
- Intermediate Strength: Ability to manually lift and move up to 50lbs / 23kg repeatedly, and manually push up to 50lbs / 23kgs with assistance from another employee.
Viridor Energy Recycling Facility, BS11 (Google Maps)