TJ win waste management contract for national D-Day 75 event

TJ Waste has won part of the waste management contract for the national D-Day 75 event, which is being held in Portsmouth on 5 June, with a host of other special events taking place for a further four days. 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and Portsmouth, where much of the landing force sailed from in 1944, will be the focal point of the UK commemorations.

TJ will be supplying around 60 wheelie bins across the designated areas, which TJ staff will empty daily to ensure cleanliness and efficiency. All the waste will be taken back to TJ’s portsmouth-based materials recovery facilities and sorted to ensure that all recyclables are extracted and recycled.

TJ’s Waste Manager Peter Shardlow said: “We have an excellent relationship with the event management teams collectively operating this event. They trust us and laid down their requirements which we were able to fulfil and we secured the contract on that basis. We are really pleased to be involved in such a significant event for the city.”

In addition to the bins, TJ will supply roll-on-roll-off containers, which will be kept on site for the duration of the event. At the end of the festivities TJ will remove the container and return it to their premises for sorting as well.

Peter added: “We’ve been employed to deliver a specified service, but we’re flexible and will of course respond to their needs – if they need more bins, we’ll get them there. If they require more frequent emptying of the bins, we’ll get it done. Our clients know that they can ask for extras along the way and that we’ll take it in our stride.”

The event is being organised by the Ministry of Defence who have announced one of the biggest mobilisations of the UK Armed Forces in recent years, including over 4,000 personnel, 11 Royal Navy vessels and multiple aircraft, including Spitfires.

The MoD will welcome dignitaries and heads of state from around the world, including The Queen and Donald Trump, to honour our veterans and will include a flypast of RAF aircraft. Later, the city will wave off around 300 veterans and their guests, as they set sail for France to take in events along the Normandy beaches.

Portsmouth will also host a Royal Collection Trust exhibition across the five-day commemorations, and screenings to show the events over in Normandy live. The first Portsmouth Revival Festival, celebrating the food, music, dancing and vehicles of the time, will also take place. Portsmouth’s activity will culminate in a Sunset Concert for Heroes, with acts including the Military Wives Choir and the D-Day Darlings.

The key events will include an inauguration at the site of the Normandy Memorial Trust’s British Normandy Memorial and The Royal British Legion’s services at Bayeux Cathedral and Bayeux Cemetery. The commemorations will conclude with an evening of music and entertainment beside the beaches in Arromanches – all of which will be streamed back to Southsea Common, live. Around 2,000 current serving personnel will offer support to veterans both in the UK and in France, while also taking part in the various ceremonial events.


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Luke Haskell
3 June 2019