Waste management company donates £3,000 to Bristol charities

Viridor charity donation

UK recycling and energy recovery company Viridor has donated £3,000 to two Bristol charities, nominated by staff at the company’s Avonmouth Energy Recovery Facility (ERF).

The donation has been split equally between 1625 Independent People and Home-Start Bristol. The donations were welcomed by both charities to support vulnerable young people and struggling families across Bristol as each has seen increased demand for their services throughout the pandemic.

1625 Independent People (nominated by Tom Watton, Day Shift Team Leader at Viridor’s Avonmouth site) is using its share to fund a mental health coach to help young peopledevelop the tools and resilience they need to cope with issues such as anxiety and depression. Meanwhile, Home-Start has used the funding to support 36 disadvantaged families by hosting training sessions for 18 volunteers to prepare them for the complex task of supporting families in need.

Dom Wood, CEO at 1625 Independent People, said: “We’re very grateful for Viridor’s generous donation. Any fundraising that comes out the blue is always really exciting and special for us as it goes into where we need it most. The demand for youth support spiked during the pandemic so the funding will help ensure we can keep up with the demand.”

Jenny Harris, Trustee at Home-Start Bristol, added: “Our aim is to help parents in disadvantaged families and those in difficult situations to give their children the best possible start in life. The donation from Viridor will help us to continue to offer vital support to families at a time when it is needed the most.”

Ross Watson, Environment, Health and Safety Manager at Viridor, said: “We’re very proud to support two great Bristol-based charities, nominated by our staff at Viridor’s Avonmouth ERF. It will be really rewarding to see the difference our donation makes to vulnerable families and young people in Bristol.”

Viridor’s Avonmouth Energy Recovery Facility was handed over from the site construction contractor in December last year. The £252m plant receives non-recyclable waste from Somerset Waste Partnership and the West of England Waste Partnership and has been designed to divert 320,000 tonnes of this residual waste away from landfill. The ERF will also generate up to 307GWh of electricity annually which will power the equivalent of 84,000 homes.