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Magna Science Adventure Centre will be lifting the lid on what happens to our waste after we throw it away.

The visitor attraction has teamed up with Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham (BDR) Waste Partnership and Shanks Group to launch “It’s a Rubbish Adventure” which will which will explain how rubbish can be treated and recycled

The project will feature workshops for schools and families at Magna and elsewhere, showing what can be done with some of the 340,000 tonnes of rubbish thrown away in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham each year.

Stuart Ballard, Magna’s education manager, said:

“There are 350,000 households across the three boroughs – so that means every household throws away nearly a tonne of rubbish annually.

“This project will show the processes involved in moving, sorting, re-using and recycling the waste, just as it will be done at the new Manvers Waste Recovery Facility.”

The new facility is being built at Bolton Road, Manvers, by 3SE, which is a partnership of Shanks Group and Scottish and Southern Energy, on behalf of BDR Waste Partnership.

It will include mechanical biological treatment and anaerobic digestion plants and will open in 2015.

It’s a Rubbish Adventure has been organised to give engineers like those involved in the Manvers development the chance to explain complex processes to the public.

It has been supported by a grant of £28,000 from The Royal Academy of Engineering, as part of a public education scheme.

Colin Fletcher, Shanks contracts director, said:

“This is really all about getting children interested in recycling and excited about engineering, encouraging them to think about it as a career choice.

“Engineers from Shanks will be working with Magna to deliver the workshops, which will feature everything from electromagnetic sorting to composting.”

BDR manager, Beth Clarke, said:

“The new £750m facility will revolutionise the disposal of household waste in the area, increasing recycling, reducing the amount sent to landfill, making energy from waste, creating new jobs and cutting costs to the taxpayer.”

About 60 workshops will be run at Magna from this summer, with a further 60 at schools and community events as part of an outreach project.

These will be aimed mainly at children aged five to 11.

The public engagement will continue in the future   at the new waste recovery facility’s visitor centre

Magna, which is based in the former Templeborough steelworks near the M1, offers hundreds of educational workshops to thousands of school children every year on a variety of scientific topics, many of them allied to the National Curriculum.

Magna has more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire; an outside play area called Sci-Tek and a water play area called Aqua-Tek.

The giant building also hosts regular events from business meetings and conferences to wedding receptions and parties.

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