Visitors to Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority’s (MWDA) new Recycling Discovery Centre at Bidston on the Wirral can now experience what it’s like out on a landfill site without ever leaving the room!
Thanks to support from Geotech from Leamington Spa, visitors can now safely ‘test’ and smell landfill gases via a new educational exhibit that’s part of the revamped Discovery Centre. The new exhibit at the Centre includes a model sized, realistic borehole casing similar to those found on a real landfill site that gives a good representation to how landfill gas is monitored.
It means that visitors young and old can use the gas analysing equipment, donated by Geotech, to simulate measuring landfill gas and smell the effects of rubbish degrading so they gaining a real understanding of the importance of monitoring the landfill environment.
Landfill gas is one of the by-products of waste and rubbish breaking down underground where there is almost no oxygen. It can be a complex mixture of methane and carbon dioxide with a range of other gases produced in trace amounts and the composition of this landfill biogas will vary between different landfill sites.
As part of it statutory duties Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) has a responsibility to monitor seven closed landfill sites across the region and must monitor and control landfill gas on the sites even after the site is no longer in active use for the disposal of waste.
The Centre incorporates a whole range of free educational and awareness activities and is one of two Recycling Discovery Centres – the other being at the new Gillmoss Material Recovery Facility in Liverpool. Both Centres are part of MWDA’s Education and Awareness Programme and services are delivered by the Authority’s contractors Veolia Environmental Services (VES).
Cllr Joe De’Asha, Chairperson of MWDA said: “We’re delighted with the revamped Bidston Recycling Discovery Centre, and I would urge teachers and community groups to get in touch to book their free visit with us soon. This is an excellent opportunity to see recycling and waste management in action.”
Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MWDA said: “We’re very pleased with this new exhibit at the revamped Bidston Recycling Discovery Centre and thanks to Geotech, we can provide a valuable insight into how landfills work to all of our visitors.”
“We are delighted to support this excellent environmental educational programme with a Geotech landfill gas analyser in full working order after many years in day-to-day on-site use by landfill technicians," said Tom Burniston at Geotech.
Veolia Environmental Services, who are the Authority’s contractor can organise and facilitate visits for all walks of life – from schools, colleges to community and residents groups – visits are free and offer a whole range of activities and information. For more information about visits Tel: 0151 651 3200 or by emailing: Alistair.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture attached: Young visitors at the Bidston Recycling Discovery Centre try their hand at the new ‘landfill’ exhibit
(i) Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MWDA working with its partner contractor Veolia En