Calling all curious residents who have ever wondered what happens to their waste after it has been thrown away; the Wonder Open Day is the time to find out!
The Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility is a feat of modern design and engineering. Built to deal with over 200,000 tonnes of waste annually, the facility separates Southwark’s mixed recycling ready to be turned into something new. All black bag waste from the borough is brought to the facility and turned into a low carbon fuel, which provides energy to the National Grid, and heating for around 2,500 Southwark homes via a district heating network.
On Saturday 17 September, tours of the facility will take place throughout the day. Join us for a thought provoking and intriguing insight into how your waste is actually a resource that can help us build a sustainable future.
In addition to the tours on the day there will be lots of entertainment for the whole family:
- Come and see wild birds up close and find out how hawks help out on site.
- Meet ‘R3cycle’ our friendly remote controlled robot made from old recycling bins who loves entertaining children.
- Explore the big machines that work on site and learn what they do.
- Discover the origins of materials, the recycling lifecycle, and play on a mini version of the facility at our Recycling Discovery Centre.
- Get fantastic upcycling ideas and recycling tips.
- Take part in our fun waste quiz and win some high street shopping vouchers. It only costs £2 to enter and all proceeds go to FoodCycle.
- Love honey? ‘Old Kent honey’, will be on sale, with all proceeds going to FoodCycle.
Alongside all this there will be the junk orchestra, arts and crafts and free refreshments!