Year 4 Global studies head to Beddington Energy Recovery Facility
As part of our Year 4 Global studies, we had the pleasure of visiting the Beddington Energy Recovery Facility to delve into the principles of the zero-waste hierarchy and witness firsthand how the company efficiently adheres to it. We were truly amazed to discover the facility’s waste disposal methods, energy transformation processes, and innovative reuse practices. Sarah, our guide, led us on an insightful tour of the building, granting us access to the top floor and the control room. Excitement buzzed as we donned hard hats, high-visibility vests, gloves, and goggles for our safety. The accommodating staff graciously fielded our numerous questions, providing valuable insights into the daily operations of the waste room and furnace. The presence of security cameras was explained, highlighting their role in ensuring the ongoing health and safety of both staff and visitors.
Since 2018, the facility has been converting the heat generated from combustion processes into a sustainable energy source. By heating water, which is then directed through turbines, the facility generates electricity with the capacity to power up to 60,000 homes in the area. This represents a noteworthy stride towards environmentally conscious and renewable energy solutions.
During our visit, we engaged in various group activities and had the opportunity to use special VR kits to experience the ‘clear up’ routines in the area. Sarah provided invaluable lessons on proper waste recycling, emphasizing its significance in our daily lives. She conveyed the message that it is our duty to share this knowledge, encouraging us to educate our parents and peers on correct recycling practices to reduce our overall environmental impact and mitigate the worsening effects of climate change. Sarah reinforced the collective responsibility we all bear in disseminating this crucial information. Overall, the children had a fantastic trip and gained valuable insights into how we can positively impact our communities in an effort to preserve our planet.Back to all news