Explore behind the scenes at Lakeside Energy from Waste this September

During England’s biggest celebration of culture and heritage, members of the public are invited to explore what happens to their non-recyclable household waste – and find out how it is turned in to green energy.

On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September 2019, the Lakeside Energy from Waste facility in Colnbrook, near Slough, will be offering behind the scenes tours of the process – which generates enough electricity to power nearly all the homes in Slough.

The Lakeside Energy from Waste facility in Colnbrook, near Slough.
The Lakeside Energy from Waste facility in Colnbrook, near Slough.

Viridor’s Learning and Visitor Centre Manager Jessica Baker-Pike – who also supports the Lakeside Energy from Waste education programme – and who will be running the Lakeside tours, says,

“The National Trust’s Heritage Open Days celebration is a fantastic opportunity to explore the local area at a much deeper level.

“After we’ve put our black bins and bags out on collection day, most of us probably breathe a sigh of relief and think no more about what happens to their contents. So visiting Lakeside Energy from Waste is a great chance to find out why it is really important to put the right stuff in the right bin.”

Lakeside Energy from Waste uses your non-recyclable waste to generate green energy. Everything that isn’t turned in to energy is recycled.

You will be asked to put on a special safety uniform before you go on a tour to see for yourself just how non-recyclable waste is turned in to energy.

When you visit the control room, you’ll be able to watch the giant, arcade style grabs drop, mix up and inspect the weight of an adult T Rex’s worth of rubbish. This is the start of the process of turning the household rubbish in to energy. You will also be able to explore the stunning Education Centre, which has been built in the middle of a lake.

Despite its tranquil appearance, the modern, award winning Lakeside Energy from Waste complex is just off the M25 and M4, close to Heathrow Terminal 5. Lakeside Energy from Waste is a joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor.

Booking is essential and tours must be booked in advance by visiting the link: Book a tour of Lakeside

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