Royal visit to factory reopened after blast

> Sterecycle, the waste treatment and renewable power company, hosted a visit from His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent at its Rotherham waste treatment plant today.'> With CEO Tom Shields.
> Sterecycle, the waste treatment and renewable power company, hosted a visit from His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent at its Rotherham waste treatment plant today.'> With CEO Tom Shields.
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A WASTE treatment factory received a Royal stamp of approval - just weeks after it reopened following a terrible fatal explosion.

His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent visited the Sterecycle plant on Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham, to see how the company had got back on its feet after it reopened in April.

Sterecycle worker Michael Whinfrey, aged 42, died after an explosion at the plant on January 11.

The blast is thought to have been caused by a sudden loss of pressure following the failure of a pressure vessel used in the waste treatment process.

The Duke was given a tour of the facility by Sterecycle CEO Tom Shields.

Mr Shields said: “We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to host His Royal Highness and to show him around the facility.

“He was particularly interested in our Sterefibre, which is the clean biomass that our process recovers from the organic portion of the waste we treat.

“It’s a valuable product which can be used as a soil improver, and we will use it to generate clean energy in the future.”