Science & Technology
This group meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Leadon Bank Meeting Room
Members of the Science & Technology group and other Ledbury U3A members learnt a lot from a really interesting and educational visit to the Severn Waste Recycling Facility, EnviroSort at Norton near Worcester.
We learnt from our excellent tour guide that our black bin waste (in black bags) goes to an “Energy from Waste” facility (incinerator) at Hartlebury and the ash residue goes to landfill near Evesham. Our green bin waste (loose, clean and dry) goes to this Recycling Facility which is actually a sorting plant. From here the four types of waste: crushed glass; paper & cardboard; tins & cans and plastic in the form of tubs, cartons, pots and trays, are all sent off to various factories around the UK to be re-manufactured. The conveyor belts running around the factory are all black, which explains why they can’t recycle black plastic; the optical separators just don’t see it.
Ledbury tip is also operated by Severn Waste but everything from here goes straight to the factories, not to the Norton facility. The tip handles general recycling, whereas our green bins are for specific items.
We have a full programme of events with presentations by Group Members on topics as a presentation on Galaxies, investigating accidents in the petrochemical industry, a visit to Hereford Waterworks Museum, a talk ‘Does illness make you stressed or does stress make you ill?’ and Top Secret Worcestershire
We have space for a limited number of new members so do come along and find out what's on offer.