The plant deals with 250,000 tonnes of household rubbish a year from Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham. It recycles about 15% of this (after most of the reclyclable material has already been collected in our blue bins) and produces electricity on site to power the plant. It also send lorry-loads of material to Ferrybridge to produce more electricity for the national grid.
Organised by the Don Catchment Rivers Trust, a dozen visitors were given a very informative presentation of how this company came to be chosen, the plant's construction and the processes involved in its working. We were then kitted out with hi-vis jackets, boots, gloves, safety glasses and helmets before touring the site.