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Pupils recycle plastic bottles to use as bench-building material

29th June 2017

Viridor’s Ardley Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) attended a celebration event in Oxfordshire this week – the Young Engineering Ambassador Celebration Evening – which recognised an innovative programme to engage young minds about the enormous potential of waste as a resource.

The event marked the culmination of a project Viridor was involved in with Matthew Arnold School in Oxford through Science Oxford. The project was part of a Royal Academy of Engineering programme called Ingenious.

Viridor Education and Visitor Centre Officer Jessica Baker-Pike said the project called for the use of bottle bricks made from drinks bottles from the school canteen to create a bench and cleverly revealed how waste should be viewed as a resource.

Jessica said the school calculated they sell 1,350 bottles a week, creating a good source of “bricks”.

“This was a great project for the school. The pupils presented information which made it clear waste is very much a resource to be used and engaged their entire school in collecting the bottles in the canteen.

“The students were an ingenious group who had won a biomimicry design competition to take part.”

She added that the project also promoted engineering as a career to Year 9 pupils and raised Viridor's profile in a part of the UK where it does not have a collection fleet on the road.

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