TV’s Kate Humble managed to make rubbish look more glamorous when she turned up to open a new state-of-the-art waste facility.The presenter was the guest of honour at the official opening of the £60m Integrated Waste Management Facility in Southwark.
The new centre claims to be one of the most advanced recycling and waste centres in Europe because it contains a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant that can sort recyclable material from residents’ black bag waste and then turn the remaining rubbish into fuel.
It also has a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), which can sort all residents’ recycling after it has been placed into one container.
Kate met pupils from Pilgrim’s Way Primary School during the event and paid a visit to the area’s new Recycling Discovery Centre.
She said: “The need to recycle has led to some great innovations and inventions. I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen here, both in terms of the technology being used and the way the facility has been adapted to fit into the local environment.
“Most of all, it has been fantastic to see children learning about recycling and having fun using the mini Materials Recovery Facility. I’ve visited homes where it is the children who are leading the way in recycling and it is great to see the care that has been taken here to ensure that London pupils continue to set an example.”
Councillor Peter John Leader, of Southwark Council, said: “Today is an important milestone for the borough.
“The technology behind recycling and waste collection is taking a huge leap forward with this new site, but perhaps more important are the benefits to the man and woman in the street. Not only does it allow them to recycle more types of material than before, but it takes away the need to sort. ”