Waste management company RiverRidge Recycling awarded Innovation Award

Northern Ireland’s largest independent waste management Company, RiverRidge Recycling, has been awarded the highly respected Innovation Award at the Causeway Coast and Glens Business Awards on Friday 9th October 2015 at The Lodge Hotel in Coleraine.

The Innovation Award celebrates ground breaking business ideas that have had the greatest impact on an organisation. The judging panel honoured RiverRidge Recycling not only for its technical ingenuity but also for the way the technology is being used and that it has brought a real difference to both the organisation and its customers alike.

Pamela Jordan, Business Development Manager, RiverRidge Recycling, commented: “We are extremely proud to win this award. Innovation and technology are key drivers in our business strategy and we are continuously challenging ourselves in the pursuit of a sustainable business model, while at the same time ensuring every business decision reduces the negative impact on our environment.

“Innovation is key in our business. In the last year we have added several new technological and energy efficient systems to our site in Garvagh. A landfill gas generator which channels and collects the landfill gases, then creates power to run the plant and any excess is given to the grid for distribution.

“We also introduced a leachate treatment plant where the liquid that drains of the landfill is collected and treated. The end goal is the grey water is recycled and used on site for wheel and vehicle washing and minimised the water usage from the mains. This has immensely lessened the impact on the environment and the local community.

“At RiverRidge we continue to look at new and efficient way to enhance our offerings to our customers. We continuously invest in infrastructures and technology to ensure the services offered at RiverRidge Recycling are cutting edge and are comparable to leading waste management services throughout Europe.”

The judges final comment included that RiverRidge has used innovation and technology to grow income, save costs and explore new markets to protect the environment to great effect and that innovation runs through every aspect of this excellent business.

RiverRidge Recycling, with sites in Garvagh, Portadown and Derry-Londonderry, has become an example of best practice and innovation in the waste management industry. By introducing and utilising new technologies, exploring and deploying new ways to use renewable energy and providing value-for-money services that avoid landfill.