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New interactive features at Lincolnshire Energy from Waste education centre

08 Feb 2016 13:12

Visitors to Lincolnshire Energy from Waste education centre are now able to learn more about recycling and green energy thanks to a range of new interactive features.

The centre is designed to help educate local residents and young people about the benefits of recycling and creating energy from waste.

And now, thanks to the new exhibits, staff will be able to enhance visitors experience and bring the recycling process to life.

The new features help visitors to understand the whole process that products go through from their creation from raw materials to being recycled into something new.

They include:

  • A model of the plant itself This stunning feature shows how the brand new, state-of-the-art energy centre works and the stages that it goes through each day.
  • How are these items made? This interactive feature focuses on the start of the journey and helps visitors understand manufacturing processes.
  • Think before you bin! A step-by-step touch screen computer which shows visitors the most environmentally friendly ways to get rid of their waste – reduce, reuse, recycle and recover.
  • How is my waste recycled? Visitors are shown the processes of how a plastic bottle is recycled and they can find out more information through a touch screen computer.
  • Why should I recycle? This feature displays the benefits of recycling such as creating and saving energy and reducing carbon emissions.
  • What’s my impact? Visitors can interact with a touch screen computer and are asked to think about their actions when it comes to waste, looking through both natural and human influences.
  • Amazing upcycling A feature on the incredible uses for recycled materials. 

The educational centre within the facility is designed to encourage local schools and groups to visit and learn more about where their waste goes and how it is dealt with.

It is hoped this will encourage people to recycle and lead to an improved culture of recycling throughout the community.

Juergen Schaper from FCC Environment, said: “The new features are really going to benefit the local community by providing them with information and knowledge to know more about every aspect of waste and recycling.

“I would urge schools and groups to get in touch and come and pay us a visit.”

Cllr Reg Shore, Executive Member for Waste  for Lincolnshire County Council, added: “We welcome with the new interactive features at the Energy from Waste Education Centre.

“The hands on facility will help to fire the imaginations of young and old people alike, so that they can fully understand the processes and the way that waste and the treatment of waste operates and its impact upon society.

The centre is a fascinating place to visit with lots to see and learn about but the advancement of this area will add further to learning in a fun way, taking everyone on an interesting and exciting recycling journey.” 

Lincolnshire County Council’s Waste Services Department was awarded planning permission for an Energy from Waste (EfW) facility at North Hykeham in 2009.

The facility, along with the eduction centre, was opened in 2013 and is owned by the county council and run by FCC Environment.

To book a visit to the eduction centre, call Sally Hood on 01522 814318 or email sally.hood@fccenvironment.co.uk

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