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Viridor Recycling Plant

Nr. Bicester

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Viridor runs a £205 million energy recovery and recycling facility near Bicester, processing a wide variety of materials, including plastic, wood, metal and food waste. The site does not just save a massive amount of landfill: it generates power for 38,000 homes.

It is operated and controlled by computers, which are connected by over 250 km of cabling around the plant. During the group tour, you will see the 5000-tonne bunker and learn how the facility functions. If you are curious about what happens to household waste, this visit will be for you. If you are a translator working in the field of waste management, it will offer first-hand insight into the industry.

As Viridor is an industrial site, we have been asked by our hosts to comply with certain health and safety requirements:

  • Sturdy shoes (safety boots and other personal protective equipment will be provided, where appropriate)
  • Clothing: Long sleeves and legs covered (full-length trousers or leggings)
  • Any cuts or open wounds to be covered by waterproof plasters
  • Visitors are not allowed to bring food and drink on to the site.
  • Visitors must be able to walk 570 paces and climb 94 steps.

Our hosts have also asked us to provide emergency contact details and notify them if visitors have any health conditions that need to be taken into account. Visitors will be required to complete a brief form after registration.

Access to Viridor can be by car (it is near the M40, and parking is available on site) or by group taxi from Bicester Station. We will send full details upon registration. Should you be travelling by train to Bicester North, we are happy to co-ordinate the taxi journey from the station to Viridor. The cost is likely to be around £10.00 for 4 people.

The day will start with refreshments at 12:00, followed by a buffet lunch. The guided tour will start at 14:00 and last about 2 hours.

Full details will be sent after booking.

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