Veolia and Sheffield City Council are delighted to be hosting their annual Open Day of Sheffield’s Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) on Saturday 17th June. Our award winning facility will be opened for one day only this year to show residents firsthand what happens to the waste from their black bins.
Have you ever wondered where the rubbish in your black bin goes once we’ve taken it away? Do you know what goes on inside one of Sheffield’s most iconic buildings? If you have ‘burning’ questions like these, then here’s your chance to get answers and enjoy a fascinating tour behind the scenes of our Energy Recovery Facility.
Sheffield’s ERF burns the waste from residents’ black bins that can’t be recycled. By capturing the heat produced we are then able to provide heating and hot water via our District Energy Network to over 150 building in Sheffield’s city centre including the Town Hall, The Winter Gardens, Ponds Forge, Park Hill Urban Splash and Weston Park Hospital. And, as if that wasn’t amazing enough, the ERF also generates enough electricity to power 22,600 homes, or put another way, enough electricity to boil 14,000 kettles every hour – all by burning your rubbish!
ERF General Manager, Guy Le Geyt, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for residents to come and see how we treat Sheffield’s rubbish as a resource instead of a problem. People are always fascinated to discover how we use the latest technology to convert their rubbish into a heat and power – we even recycle the ash, so that nothing is wasted.”
The full ERF Open Day experience takes between 1-2 hours and includes:
- A behind the scenes guided tour of the ERF by a technical expert
- An opportunity to visit the control room and see the crane in action
- An insight into how we recover energy from waste to produce heat and power
- An opportunity to ask our experts all your waste and recycling questions
- A free goody bag and information pack
- Games and activities for children
Full tours of the facility are available to anyone aged 17 years and over. Younger visitors are able to take part in a shorter version of the tour if accompanied by an adult, although the Open Day is not suitable for children under 7 years old.
Tours will be running on Saturday 17th June, and must be pre-booked. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Tours are booking up fast so please book soon to avoid disappointment. To book your place, please call: 0114 273 4567 (option 1) and ask for a member of the Veolia Communications Team or email: [email protected].