Two of the UK’s biggest waste and resource management companies, Viridor and Veolia, have made renewed commitments to sustainable working practices ahead of World Earth Day on 22 April. The Earth Day movement began in 1970, and works to end pollution and protect the environment.
Viridor has announced that it will be renewing its partnership with the charity Reuse Network, which helps to divert household items from landfill, thus reducing waste and carbon emissions. The charity then passes on reusable items such as furniture and electronics to low-income households.
Viridor provides the charity with funding and resources, as well as lending the benefit of its expertise. This helps the charity to raise awareness of its work and to help create a circular economy with minimal products going to landfill.
Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of Reuse Network said: “The establishment of our strategic partnership with Viridor last year supported us in making significant strides in raising the profile of the reuse sector.
He added: “The network was able to increase awareness of the importance of reuse through a range of initiatives. Through these efforts we have seen increased interest and opportunity in this important area.”
“Amidst ever-evolving social and environmental challenges we see burgeoning opportunity for reuse charities to be the foundation of the circular economy, driving positive social and environmental impact through reuse.”
“Viridor’s continued support is invaluable to our mission of promoting reuse and sustainability. Their expertise and resources have helped us make a meaningful impact in reducing waste and supporting communities in need. We look forward to continuing our partnership and driving positive change together.”
Edita Adamcikova, Head of ESG at Viridor said: “We are delighted to continue our strategic partnership with Reuse Network, their work highlighting the importance of the re-use sector is greatly aligned with Viridor’s ambition to build a world where nothing goes to waste. We look forward to working together, raising awareness of both the environmental and social benefit opportunities that the re-use sector holds, helping to create a sustainable future for communities across the UK.”
Veolia has also made an environmental commitment to Mark World Earth Day. The waste management company has announced that its sustainability fund worth £100,000 will open on 21 April. The funds will be available to not-for-profit organisations, communities and individuals.
The emphasis of the work must be towards sustainable practices, such as the reuse or recycling of products or preserving resources and promoting biodiversity.
Pascal Hauret, managing director of Veolia’s Municipal division, said: “The Sustainability Fund was one of our greatest successes of 2022 and we’re so thrilled to see it growing again, with more local authority partners on board and an even bigger funding pot.”
“As we work towards ecological transformation in collaboration with the communities we work with every day, we can’t wait to see the inspiring and innovative ideas they come up with in 2023.”
The applicants to the fund must be in the areas where Veolia works with the local authority to deliver waste and cleansing services.
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