Magna lifting the lid on waste

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Magna Science Adventure Centre will lift the lid on waste in a new exhibition.

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 which will explain how rubbish can be treated and recycled.

The project will feature workshops for schools and families at Magna and elsewhere, showing what can be done with some of the 340,000 tonnes of rubbish thrown away in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham each year.

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, which is 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.

It has been supported by a grant of £28,000 from The Royal Academy of Engineering, as part of a public education scheme.

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, which will feature everything from electromagnetic sorting to composting.”

BDR manager, Beth Clarke, said: “The new £750m facility will revolutionise the disposal of household waste in the area, increasing recycling, reducing the amount sent to landfill, making energy from waste, creating new jobs and cutting costs to the taxpayer.”