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Find out what really happens to your rubbish with Heritage Open Days

07th August 2017

This September, members of the public are invited to find out what happens at three of Viridor’s Energy Recovery Facilities as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days.

The following sites can be visited by the public in September where they will be shown around by knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides:

The team at Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility will allow the public to explore this 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 an opportunity to lift the lid and see what happens when you take out your wheelie 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 16,000 homes.

Lakeside Energy from Waste Facility near Slough is an award winning joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor. The facility diverts around 450,000 tonnes a year of non-recylable waste away from landfill. Using advanced technology this facility generates enough electricity from 450,000 tonnes of waste a year to power around 56,000 homes a town roughly the size of Slough. Come and see the giant grabs – each time they move they load roughly the weight of an adult T Rex in to the burn chambers. The rubbish burns at 1000C – about the temperature of lava when it erupts from a volcano!

Have you ever wanted to know what happens to the stuff you throw away? Come to Ardley Energy Recovery Facility near Bicester and find out. In our interactive visitor centre you’ll learn about the processes involved in diverting 95% of Oxfordshire’s residual waste from landfill, find out how Energy Recovery complements reuse, recycling and composting, discover our site’s fascinating Jurassic heritage and on your tour witness the technology used to generate enough energy to power 38,000 homes.

Tour dates are as follows:

Peterborough: Thursday 7, Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September 2017.

Lakeside: Saturday 9 September.

Ardley: Sunday 10 September.

Bookings:   Free tickets can be downloaded from Eventbrite and more detailed information can be found on the Heritage Open Days website.

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