Waste workshops prove a hit kkkk

Dearne schoolchildren learn about waste from the Manvers unit and Magna combined
Dearne schoolchildren learn about waste from the Manvers unit and Magna combined

The mysteries of recycling rubbish have been revealed to thousands of schoolchildren, who have enjoyed learning ‘hands on’ style about the many processes.

“It’s a Rubbish Adventure” is a joint year-long project between Shanks’ new waste treatment facility at Manvers in Rotherham and Magna Science Adventure Centre. It lifts the lid on the tonnes of rubbish each household throws away every year.

Workshops at Magna and local schools were attended by over 3,500 seven to 11-year-olds, over 1,500 families, and hundreds of teachers. They all got the chance to use specially made conveyor belts, air blowers and electromagnets to separate the waste and look at how it can be turned into useful products.

Engineers from Shanks helped deliver the workshops and talked to children, teachers and parents about processes at the new facility which is treating massive amounts of household waste in South Yorkshire.

Shanks’ Community Education Liaison Officer, Abi Cox, said: “’It’s a Rubbish Adventure’ has been a joy to be involved with. Engineers from our BDR facility found the opportunity to meet the next generation of engineers engaging and rewarding. The kids were really interested to hear about what we do on site and it was fantastic to see them getting involved.

“If we can enthuse children and young people about making more from waste, they will spread the word to their friends and families and help pave the way for a greener future for everyone.”

Magna’s Education Manager, Stuart Ballard, said: “Project engineers and Magna staff had a fantastic time working together. Plus it was great to see thousands of school children and families enjoy themselves and learn at the same time. ‘It’s a Rubbish Adventure’ is just the sort of project we like to get involved in at Magna. It educates and inspires young people in a fun way.”

The project was supported by a grant of £28,000 from the Royal Academy of Engineering as part of a campaign to encourage fledgling engineers.

The newly opened waste treatment facility at Manvers has been built by 3SE, a partnership between Shanks Group and Scottish and Southern Energy, on behalf of the Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham (BDR) Waste Partnership.

It treats household waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham and turns it into energy and useful products, rather than sending it to landfill.

The ‘It’s a Rubbish Adventure’ workshop is available to schools, free of charge, at the BDR Waste Treatment facility visitor centre at Manvers in the Dearne Valley. Contact Abigail.cox@shanks.co.uk