As Barn Owls are learning about energy and sustainability in Geography and Science this term, we were delighted to have the chance to see first-hand what happens to the rubbish we throw away.
In a joint trip with MTB School, we travelled to Devonport Dockyard, where the incinerator is located, and found out how the waste is managed so that none of it goes to landfill. It also happened to be Comic Relief Day, so you may spot some crazy hair styling.
We learned that hundreds of bin lorries travel to the site each year to deposit their rubbish from Plymouth, Cornwall and West Devon. The waste goes into an incinerator, producing vast heat. This helps to heat the neighbouring Dockyard, and is used to create electricity, some of which also goes to the Dockyard.
Although the site is German-owned, it will become an enterprise owned locally in a few years, so that any profits are returned to the local community.
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