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Exploring hidden places: Opening the doors on Peterborough’s war on waste

24th July 2016

OPEN DAYS IN SEPTEMBER:

THURSDAY 8 – 10.00-12.00

FRIDAY 9 – 10.00-12.00

SATURDAY 10 – 10.00-12.00

The team at Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility, in Fengate will be opening its doors to members of the public in September to explore the state-of-the-art facility which turns residual waste into energy.

Making a significant step towards the City’s zero waste to landfill ambitions, Peterborough City Council is now able to divert up to 95% of its non-recyclable waste from landfill and this is your chance to lift the lid and see the science behind what happens when you take out your rubbish bin. From behind a glass panel, look down on a bunker filled with hundreds of tonnes of waste. See two giant grabs lift 3 tonnes of waste in the air before dropping it into the energy recovery process and generate enough electricity for 12,000 homes.

Guided tours will give visitors the opportunity to learn about the technology and processes involved in energy recovery. Visitors will discover the control room operations, steam generation process and electricity production.

Ian Smith, Director of ERF operations for Viridor said of the open day: “Being able to show the communities of Peterborough what we do is vitally important. Every day we are offering a range of benefits to the City, by diverting their waste away from landfill sites and then recovering energy from this unwanted material. This enables Viridor to generate electricity that can be exported into the national grid and help to keep the lights on in the City.”

The open day is free of charge, but sessions will have limited spaces with bookings made on a first come first serve basis.

Anyone interested in booking onto an open day please contact Natasha Prior, Visitor Centre Co-ordinator, on 01733 465513, or via email.

For further information please contact:

pressoffice@pennon-group.co.uk