09/16/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/16/2021 04:43
FCC Environment, which owns and operates the Allington Energy from Waste plant in Kent, threw its doors open at the weekend to give unprecedented behind the scenes access to the friends of family of the staff who work at the plant to keep the fire burning which in turn keeps the lights on in Kent.
Plant general manager Tony Stanbridge said 'it's been a long 18 months for our team of dedicated Key Workers who have kept waste moving through the system during the pandemic generating energy and avoiding landfill at the same time. They have worked so hard and we wanted to say thank you. So we convened a small internal team of just 7 people, headed up by Paul Heathcote, Maintenance Manager, to decide how to thank the staff and the idea of a Family Open Day was born.
'With COVID restrictions lifting in July, we felt we were able to throw our doors open allowing us to show the plant off to nearly 300 family members who came along to see for themselves what their dads, mums, brothers and sisters do for a living and they all found it illuminating!' said Paul.
Mar Martinez Casas, Performance Team Leader at the plant continues 'we offered all of our guests tours and it was lovely to see my colleagues showing their families around with real pride. There was a route around the plant with information boards on the process giving employees the opportunity to explain the process, see parts of it and explain the role they play. And it was great to be able to show the next generation of recyclers what happens to the items that currently can't be recycled. We also had an exhibition of the interesting items found at the bottom of the incinerator which raised some eyebrows!'
But the team at Allington wanted the day to be much more than a site tour so they created a family friendly festival-feel to the day with a bungee run, coconut shy, Escape Room, laser clay pigeon shooting, climbing wall, ball pit, rifle shooting, bouncy castle and activity trail.
Food and drink was sponsored by contractors so our thanks go our to Alltask for the hog roast, MKE for the Confectionary Cart, Sprint for the Raffle prizes, Rainham for the BBQ, TM Electrics for the ice cream, Intech for the cupcakes and IES for the drinks.
Tony concluded 'it was a real pleasure to not only host but to enjoy the day with all of the team and their families, I definitely think the day will spur us on to hold other similar events and who knows, in a few years some of our younger visitors may well be working here and helping us keep the lights on far into the future.'
The Allington Integrated Waste Management Facility recovers energy from non-recyclable, non-hazardous waste streams and the plant began operating in late December 2008. The facility sorts separated materials for recycling and recovers energy from non-hazardous waste. The facility is able to process up to 550,000 tonnes a year of mixed waste for energy recovery and a further 65,000 tonnes of separated materials suitable for recycling.
£150 million has been invested in the facility and the facility generates up to 43MW of power, 34MW of which goes into the local electricity supply network to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Any surplus power generated goes back into the system to assist in powering the facility.
The Energy from Waste plant uses circulating fluidised bed technology to burn the waste, which then generates usable energy. The facility is designed and operated to ensure that all emissions are in line with requirements set by the Environmental Permit (BR4551).