Viridor has released its 2009/2010 corporate responsibility report that shows that it has successful reached many of its environmental goals but at the same time the number of accidents at the company increased.
The report shows that the amount of waste it was able to recycle increased by about eight percent over the year period up to 1.9m tonnes. This was accredited to the fact that it received six new contracts for recycling and was able to develop three new recycling facilities in the towns of Salmon Pastures, Ford, and Bargeddie. In addition they developed two composting facilities located in Waithlands and Deepmoor.
Despite this upbeat news, it was disappointing that the company saw an increase in the amount of incidents and accidents that were reported to the HSE with incident increasing year on year from 32 to 67 which is a 62% increase. The company stated that most of these accidents were the result of trips, slips, falls, and injuries as the result of manual handling.
Chief executive of Viridor, Colin Drummond, stated that they are doubling their efforts in safety focusing on how accidents were caused and how they can better promote good practice and safety within the workplace. He added safety will be a key target for the company to reach next year.
Despite this problem, Viridor also was able to meet its key targets for recording and monitoring greenhouse gas emissions and found that over 90% of these emissions are the result of landfills that produce methane. However, the report also found that this is the result of input material and the company is looking at alternative ways to reduce its overall emissions.