Magna to lift lid on rubbish in new project

Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham
Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham
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Magna Science Adventure Centre will be lifting the lid on what happens to waste after it is thrown away.

The visitor attraction has teamed up with Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham (BDR) Waste Partnership and Shanks Group to launch It’s a Rubbish Adventure, which will explain how rubbish can be treated and recycled.

The project will feature workshops for schools and families, showing what can be done with some of the 340,000 tonnes of rubbish thrown away in the area.

Stuart Ballard, Magna’s education manager, said: “There are 350,000 households across the three boroughs – so that means every household throws away nearly a tonne of rubbish annually.

“This project will show the processes involved in moving, sorting, re-using and recycling the waste, just as it will be done at the new Manvers Waste Recovery Facility.”

The new facility is being built at Bolton Road, Manvers, by 3SE - a partnership of Shanks Group and Scottish and Southern Energy - on behalf of BDR Waste Partnership. It will include mechanical biological treatment and anaerobic digestion plants and will open in 2015.

It’s a Rubbish Adventure has been organised to give engineers like those involved in the Manvers development the chance to explain complex processes to the public, and has been supported by a grant of £28,000 from The Royal Academy of Engineering.

Colin Fletcher, Shanks contracts director, said: “This is really all about getting children interested in recycling and excited about engineering, encouraging them to think about it as a career choice. Engineers from Shanks will be working with Magna to deliver the workshops.”