Enjoy a really rubbish day out in Sheffield

Sheffield's Energy Recovery Facility in action.
Sheffield's Energy Recovery Facility in action.
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Burning questions about what goes on behind the scenes at Sheffield’s incinerator are set to be answered at the complex’s fourth annual open day.

The Energy Recovery Facility, run by Veolia for the city council and based next to the Parkway, will open its doors on Saturday, September 27.

A behind-the-scenes tour lasting up to two hours will show what happens to people’s black bin rubbish when it leaves their front door.

Plant manager Antony Smith said: “Many residents are curious or intrigued about what goes on inside the ERF so it is great to be able to show them what really happens to their black bin waste and the massive environmental benefits of managing non-recyclable waste in this way.

“It’s amazing how many residents are still unaware that we use black bin waste to provide heat and power across the city, and residents do tend to leave the open day truly amazed.”

Highlights include an opportunity to visit the control room and see a crane in action, and a chance to sit inside one of the refuse and recycling trucks.

Experts will answer questions on how energy is recovered from waste, and how the ERF heats and provides how water for 150 city buildings.