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Tracking down Oxfordshire's waste at the Ardley Energy Recovery Facility

Oxfordshire MC’s networking day this year was at the Ardley Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), and was well attended by everyone you see pictured below in the control room.

21115699991 812fda9283Thanks go to Sylvie Verinder, the facility’s Visitor Centre Manager, who showed us round the facility and gave an interesting presentation. She commented:

The Energy Recovery Facility at Ardley welcomed a group of Master Composters to its Visitor Centre on a Saturday morning in late August. The visitors were treated to a tour of the plant and enjoyed exploring the exhibition space.

Here they learnt how the plant provides an alternative to landfilling for household and commercial waste. This is the waste that is left after reducing, reusing, recycling or composting as much as possible. Thanks to our residents and volunteers like the Master Composters, Oxfordshire is amongst the very best in the country at recycling and composting, with a county wide recycling rate of over 60%.

The centre promotes the reduction, reuse and recycling done by Oxfordshire and explains how what is left after all that has been done to follow the 3R’s is treated by the state of the art £205 million facility. The energy recovery facility:

• Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 56,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year,

• Diverts at least 95% of Oxfordshire's residual municipal waste from landfill,

• Safely and efficiently transforms waste into electricity to supply up to 38,000 homes.

You can find out more about Viridor’s Energy Recovery Facility in Ardley here.