Recycling open day far from rubbish

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NEARLY 200 curious Sheffield residents took advantage of the first open day at the city’s £45 million waste incinerator.

Veolia Environmental Services, which runs the Energy Recovery Facility on Bernard Road, flung its gates open for people to see what happens to their rubbish after it is collected.

Tour guides showed groups around the facility, explaining how the plant works day and night processing rubbish to heat more than 140 of Sheffield’s buildings and produce enough electricity to power more than 25,000 homes.

Some 187 visitors attended the event and took a peek inside the facility to discover how it generates energy and heat from the rubbish from their black bins.

Plant manager Antony Smith: “We hope that residents gained a behind-the-scenes view on how we deal with the city’s waste.”