Residents flocked in their droves on Saturday to enjoy a fascinating tour of Sheffield’s Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) to see exactly what happens to their black bin waste. The Open Day was deemed a ‘burning’ success as residents walked away truly amazed after seeing firsthand how their rubbish is used to provide heating and power across our city.
Veolia and Sheffield City Council opened the doors of the ERF for its fourth annual Open Day and were delighted to welcome over 180 residents – all eager to have a look inside the plant. During the Open Day – which proved to be the most popular to date, residents were taken on a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the facility guided by a technical expert and had all their questions answered along the way.
The highlight for most was a visit to the Control Room to see the crane in action mixing and lifting the waste into the incineration unit to be burnt. Visitors were astonished to learn how the process uses our black bin waste to generate heating, hot water and electricity for buildings across Sheffield. Residents then enjoyed time in the Visitor Centre completing a quiz to test their new found knowledge, the chance to take part in various recycling activities and were even able to sit in a real life refuse collection vehicle!
Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene added: “It is great that so many people came to see for themselves how the non-recyclable waste they throw in the black bin is used to heat homes and buildings in the city. Not only does this mean Sheffield has one of the lowest waste to landfill rates in Europe but it also saves 13,000 tonnes of C02 from being released into the atmosphere each year!”
Plant Manager, Antony Smith commented: “The Open Day has been an astounding success and we have been blown away by just how popular the day has been. It is great for us to be able to show residents what happens to the waste they put in their black bin after it has been collected and the environmental benefits of managing non recyclable waste in this way. Residents were truly astonished by what they saw and we look forward to opening our doors again next year!”
Mr Naughton of Lowedges who attended the Open Day with his son, Jack added: “We have had a great time at the ERF Open Day – it was really interesting. It is amazing to think that the hot water in public buildings we regularly use, such as Ponds Forge and the City Hall is created from our black bin waste! Jack had a fabulous time and even had a go at using the crane to pick up the waste. He was proud to have picked up 3 tonnes of waste in one go”.
Sheffield’s ERF burns up to 225,000 tonnes of waste a year including 96% of black bin waste. Managing non recyclable waste in this way generates enough electricity to power 22,600 homes and provides heating and hot water to 150 buildings in Sheffield through the District Energy Network.
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