Train named after recycling and waste management company


A train has been named “Viridor” to commemorate the long-term relationship between the waste management company and Freightliner Heavy Haul (FHH).

An official unveiling took place last week at Viridor’s recycling and resource recovery facility at Longley Lane, Manchester  to celebrate the partnership that transports material for the Greater Manchester area.


The 25-year contract with FHH is of the same length as the Viridor Laing contract with the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority. The train will transport solid recovered fuel from Manchester to a combined heat and power plant in Runcorn, Cheshire.

In the last two years, FHH has moved over 900,000 tonnes of waste for Viridor in the Greater Manchester area, which is equivalent to removing 78,260 lorries from the UK’s roads.

Viridor managing director Mike Hellings said: “By removing vehicles from the roads, as well as maximising resource efficiency across the region, we are ensuring that progress towards high levels of recycling and recovery for Greater Manchester is being kept on track!”