Master Cutler, Kenneth Cooke
The Master Cutler continues to highlight what's best in Sheffield
Highlighting what is best in Sheffield has been the Master Cutler’s aim since he took office. One business which has been working quietly and efficiently for many years is the city’s waste disposal plant at Bernard Road – the Sheffield Energy Recovery Facility.
Considered to be one of the best in country, it not only deals with all the city’s household waste but also uses the energy recovered from that process to heat hotels, university buildings, council offices and facilities, businesses and homes via 70km of pipework under the city, making it one of the most advanced energy efficient incineration plants in the UK.
The Master Cutler, Ken Cooke, was shown round the plant by ERF General Manager, Guy Le Geyt, and Kris Gillott-Danks, operations manager, together with Alastair Black, waste strategy officer with Sheffield City Council which works in partnership with Veolia, which runs the site.
“It is worrying that 50 per cent of Sheffield residents think that all their waste goes to landfill. In fact Sheffield has one of the lowest landfill rates in the country,” said Alastair.
The ultra-modern plant deals with more than 235,000 tonnes of waste every year preventing this waste from going to landfill. Waste is incinerated at temperatures in excess of 850 degrees centigrade and the energy extracted as heat and electricity. The resulting ash and clinker is then sorted via a number of conveyer belts where larger items are removed – girders and engine blocks are among the items peoples have squeezed into their black bins. It is then sent through a magnetic process which extracts the ferrous metals for use by industry. The remaining aggregate is graded and sold to the construction industry.
“This is a fascinating plant and one of those businesses in Sheffield which very few people know about. And yet, it is vital to the health and well-being of the city. The need for waste disposal and a balanced energy supply are undeniable and here they are tackling both,” said Master Cutler.