Viridor has launched the Viridor in Peterborough Fund and now welcomes applications to share part of the funding pot spread across the next 30 years of the partnership between Viridor and Peterborough City Council.
Opened in early 2016, Viridor operates the state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility in, Fengate, in partnership with Peterborough City Council that transforms 85,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste into enough renewable energy for around 16,000 homes.
Associated with the partnership is a pot of community funding to give an added boost to community projects in the area.
The fund comprises of an annual contribution of £20,000 from Viridor with an additional ‘top-up’ to the fund of one pound for every non-PCC tonne of waste brought to the ERF.
Any community led organisation in the Peterborough administrative area will be eligible to apply for funding and there is an easy-to-use application guide online.
Paul Rowland, Regional Manager for Viridor said of the Fund: “We have developed a really productive partnership with Peterborough City Council to help them divert their non-recyclable waste away from landfill and to generate enough energy for around 15% of the City.
At the start of 2016 we opened the state-of-the-art Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility and with this investment comes a commitment to support the communities in which we work, I encourage any local community projects to investigate whether they will be eligible for support from the fund.”
Councillor Gavin Elsey Cabinet member for Digital, Waste and Streetscene for Peterborough City Council added: “Rather than sending our non-recyclable waste to landfill, it will be turned into electricity saving the city £1 million every year for the next three decades at the Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility.
"As part of this investment I am delighted to announce that there is a community benefit fund associated with the ERF. This fund is aimed at giving a financial injection into projects in Peterborough working to develop lasting schemes for the city.”
If you are a community project or organisation in the Peterborough area, please visit the Viridor website or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you could benefit from the Viridor in Peterborough Fund.