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Following the success of previous events, Viridor, in partnership with Prosiect Gwyrdd, is hosting an open day on Saturday 11th March 2017 at its Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility in Cardiff, for members of the local community to learn about what currently happens to non-recyclable household waste in South East Wales.
Mark Poole, Education Centre and Community Benefits Manager for Viridor said: “This is such a great opportunity to talk to local people about what we do at Trident Park ERF and help explain the energy recovery process and where it fits into the waste hierarchy. We are a state of the art facility that diverts residual waste produced by households in the area away from landfill and generates vital energy.”
Trident Park is currently the largest Energy Recovery Facility in Wales treating waste from 9 Local Authorities and local business contracts. The facility, which has been operational since 2014, handles 350,000 tonnes of residual waste (non-recyclable) per year. It diverts at least 95% of South East Wales’ residual waste away from landfill and generates 30MW of electricity for the national grid, which is enough to power around 50,000 households.
Visitors to the open day will be given a brief presentation about the plant, get to see inside the central operational control room and after a full safety briefing, have a guided tour throughout the plant to see what currently happens to household waste after it has been put in the bin. They will also learn about the technology and processes involved in recovering energy from the things we use and throw away every day.
The open day is free of charge, but will have limited spaces with bookings made on a first come first serve basis. There are two scheduled tours at 2pm and 6pm; anyone interested in booking onto the open day should email Cardiff@viridor.co.uk