Giving something back

Visitor experience launched at city’s recycling facility

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK has today (30 January 2019) launched a new education and visitor experience at Aberdeen’s state-of-the-art recycling facility at Altens East. The new experience will allow local schools, groups and residents to learn what happens to the city’s recyclable and non-recyclable waste and explore the £27m recycling facility.

Guests to the new education and visitor experience will be able to follow the journey of recyclable and non-recyclable waste and see first-hand the processes at work to see how the latest technology is being used to ensure that the city’s waste is being put to good use.

Tullos School’s Eco Group joined SUEZ and Aberdeen City Council’s Cllr Philip Bell to launch the experience this morning (Wednesday 30 January) at the Altens East recycling and resource facility.

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK’s Chief Executive Officer, David Palmer-Jones, said “we are delighted to be investing in an exciting new education and visitor experience in Aberdeen. The facility will be open to residents, schools and groups who have an interest in learning about what happens to the city’s recyclable and non-recyclable material. SUEZ is very proud to play its part in helping Scotland achieve its zero waste ambitions.”

Speaking at the launch, Colin Forshaw, SUEZ’s Operations Manager at Altens East, said: “The SUEZ team here at Altens East are really excited about showing visitors the great work we do in putting the city’s waste and recyclable material to good use. We have invested in an exciting new visitor experience and we are looking forward to taking guests out in to the facility to see exactly what goes on.”

Aberdeen City Council's Operational Delivery Vice-Convener Councillor Phillip Bell said: “The recycling plant is a fascinating place to visit as it really brings home what happens to your recycling materials after you’ve put them in your wheelie bin.

“We are committed to encouraging people to recycle as much as possible and the plant enables us to provide a recycling collection service that is easy for residents to use and at the same time ensures we maximise the quantity and quality of materials for recycling.

“The education and visitor experience is a fantastic resource, which will help visitors to understand what happens in the process and I’d urge people to come along and see for themselves.”

To visit the Altens East recycling and resource facility, please email MRFTours@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

Altens East visitor centre opening