“A great day was had by all” was the conclusion by well known gardening expert Nigel Colborn as the Lincolnshire Energy from Waste facility opened its doors to the public for a free day of fun and learning recently.
FCC Environment and Lincolnshire County Council welcomed nearly 400 visitors to site where they were able to tour the facility, visit the impressive control room, and learn hands-on through the brand new interactive exhibits.
The Lincolnshire Energy from Waste facility, which was opened in 2013, produces green energy from waste, drastically reducing the amount of waste that Lincolnshire residents send to landfill. It can treat 170,000 tonnes of residual household and commercial waste each year and, as a result, generates 11.24 megawatts per hour of renewable electricity for sale to the local network. This is the equivalent amount of electricity required to power 26,500 homes.
Cllr Reg Shore, executive councillor for waste and recycling at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "I am often asked what goes on in that big building in North Hykeham and this weekend I was proud to be able to show the community just how their waste is transformed into energy. Even my grandchildren were mesmerised. It was great to be able to help the children and young people who came along to understand more about waste and recycling and the ways in which they can make the world a cleaner and greener place."
Nigel Colborn, journalist and author, currently writing a column every Saturday in The Daily Mail as well as monthly features in The Garden and Garden News, said: “as a gardener I am often asked about how to recycle garden and organic kitchen waste into compost, so it was really good to learn alongside the community about the good things that are happening to waste that cannot be recycled. There is so much to learn about the resources we use, how we can use them better and the clever things that are going on to make best use of our waste.”
Juergen Schaper, General Manager at Lincoln EfW, commented: “This was a really exciting day for us, mainly because the communities we serve are at the heart of our business. Since we officially opened in 2013 we have revolutionised the way people think about their waste, working closely with Lincolnshire County Council to deliver a facility that will continue to serve homes and business for years to come so be able to show-case our facility to the community in this way was a real privilege.”
Cllr Reg Shore with children from Millfield Primary Academy Eco Council who made a special effort to attend the eventBack