Veolia welcomes residents to Sheffield Open Day

Crowds of residents had a flaming good time at Sheffield’s Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) Open Day on Saturday. 187 visitors attended the site’s first ever Open Day to take a peek inside the facility and find out how it makes energy and heat from Sheffield’s black bin rubbish.

Veolia Environmental Services and Sheffield City Council flung the doors open for local residents to see what happens to their rubbish after it is collected.  Tour guides were on hand to explain how the facility works day and night, processing rubbish to heat over 140 of Sheffield’s buildings and produce enough electricity to power over 25,000 local homes.
Antony Smith, plant manager for Veolia Environmental Services in Sheffield comments: “It was great to welcome 187 of our neighbours and to show them what happens at our ERF.  We hope that residents gained a behind-the-scenes view on how we are working on the behalf of Sheffield City Council and how we deal with the city’s waste.  Both the children and the adults asked lots of questions and had great fun exploring!”
The Open Day involved: a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility, a visit to the Control Room, refuse collection vehicle demonstrations, a recycling quiz and game and the chance to buy a bargain compost bin and bags of locally produced compost.
 The ERF has been built using the latest technology and is designed to maximise efficient generation of heat and power.  Designed to handle up to 225,000 tonnes of waste each year, the facility 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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