RiverRidge Recycling Awarded Title of WISHNI Ambassador 2016

Enterprise Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell, Grainne McFerran of RiverRidge Recycling, Maria Groszek of RiverRidge Recycling, Peter Crossey of RiverRidge Recycling and Professor Alan Woodside OBE, Chair of WISHNI.
Enterprise Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell, Grainne McFerran of RiverRidge Recycling, Maria Groszek of RiverRidge Recycling, Peter Crossey of RiverRidge Recycling and Professor Alan Woodside OBE, Chair of WISHNI.

Northern Ireland’s largest independent Waste Management Company, RiverRidge Recycling, has been awarded the highly respected title of WISHNI Ambassador 2016 for demonstrating Health and Safety best practice within its organisation.

WISHNI brings together key stakeholders from across the Waste and Recycling sector to identify, devise and promote best Health and Safety standards across Northern Ireland’s Waste Management Industry.

Now employing over 190 people across four sites, Garvagh, Newbuildings, Portadown and Belfast,Brett Ross, Manager Director of RiverRidge Recycling, comments, “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded the title of WISHNI Ambassador 2016.

“Health and Safety is viewed as a core business value which RiverRidge Recycling is fully committed to. As a result, our Health and Safety systems are constantly reviewed, we provide regular training to all of our employees and sub contractors where required, and we ensure that all risk assessments are evaluated. We continue to provide a culture of safety and as such it will remain a top priority across the company.

“This title is a great testament to the hard work of the RiverRidge Recycling team and our dedication to Health and Safety.”

The company has transformed significantly over the last five years from a family-run operation, offering basic waste collection and disposal services, to Northern Ireland’s largest independent waste management company, serving a diverse customer base across both the private and public sectors of Northern Ireland.

Presenting awards to six local employers in recognition of their work in promoting safety across the sector, Jonathan Bell said: “I congratulate the WISHNI forum and this year’s Ambassadors on their important contributions in helping to improve safety standards across the industry. It is encouraging to note the support offered by a range of organisations, all with the primary aim of promoting health and safety best practice across the waste and recycling industry.

“By working together and developing partnerships between government, industry and other stakeholders we can better manage and reduce the risks to Northern Ireland’s workers.”

Professor Alan Woodside OBE, Chair of WISHNI added: “WISHNI has continued to provide support to the waste industry by developing and sharing good practice across the industry. Today’s event has been a valuable contribution in achieving this aim.

“I look forward to seeing our new Ambassadors effect further positive change within the industry and I would support them in their efforts.”

Brett concludes: “As a WISHNI Ambassador we intend to continue to promote Health and Safety best practice within our organisation, and hope to lead by example within the Waste Management Industry on matters relating to health and safety.”