Veolia Environmental Services gave guided behind the scenes tours of the plant to enable local residents to gain a better understanding as to how the recovery process works. From burning waste, the site produces sufficient energy to heat and cooling to over 140 of Sheffield's buildings and enough electricity to power over 25,000 local homes.
Visitors also had the chance to find out more about recycling services and waste collections in addition to being given the chance to sit in a refuse lorry which proved very popular with the younger visitors.
Kate Campbell-Pilling came along with her family to learn more about the energy recovery process. Mrs Campbell-Pilling said, "We've found the open day fascinating. It is really good to see how the facility operates, a great educational experience."
In the driving seat: Rowan Campbell-Pilling (5) with Mum Kate Campbell-Pilling and Austin Campbell-Pilling (1)
Antony Smith, Plant Manager for Veolia Environmental Services in Sheffield comments: "Our ERF open days have always proved popular and are great for demonstrating how we can recover up to 225,000 tonnes of waste each year. This in turn helps save 2.5 tonnes of CO2 every hour and keeps the city's landfill rate at one of the lowest in the Country".
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