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Visits to Energy from Waste (EFW) plants in Exeter and Plymouth are available:
Exeter Energy from Waste (EfW) plant and Recycling Centre, Newton Abbot

Experience the sights, smells and sounds of waste!

Since summer 2015, 31% of all the waste we produce in Devon is burnt in one of two new Energy from Waste (EfW) plants (55% is recycled/composted and 14% will still go to a landfill site).

On this all day trip you will have a VIP tour around the Recycling Centre in Newton Abbot and next door bulking facility. Then in the afternoon we will drive to the EfW plant on Marsh Barton, Exeter.

The EfW part of the day relates well to alternative energy sources as well as waste.


The visit is available for year 4 and above pupils only. There is a maximum of 35 pupils and these need to be accompanied by 4 adults. There is no restriction on the number of visits a school can book.

See here for more information about the day.

Quotes from teachers:

Thank you for organising our recycling visit.  The children came back really enthused and engaged, so much so that they carried out a science investigation into rubbish on our field and were full of solutions to reduce litter locally! 

The trip was excellent consolidation of the knowledge of why it is important to reduce, reuse and recycle and the questions and activities really made them think. Also, seeing the waste/recycling in person provided them with a real experience that would last longer and have a greater impact than just talking about it.​

Dates for 2017 are:-

  • Wednesday 14th June **FULLY BOOKED**
  • Wednesday 28th June **FULLY BOOKED**
  • Thursday 29th June **FULLY BOOKED**
  • Wednesday 5th July **FULLY BOOKED**
  • Friday 7th July **FULLY BOOKED**
  • Wednesday 12th July **FULLY BOOKED**
  • Thursday 13th July **FULLY BOOKED**

Cost: FREE

Contact: For booking, or more information, please contact Demelza Annison on Demelza.Annison@resourcefutures.co.uk or 07827 932269.

This visit fits well with curriculum work: It is recommended that you do this visit as part of a large topic / scheme of work. To help you with this we have written Devon based teachers resource packs. What about waste? are two literacy packs written for year 3/4 pupils and year 5/6 pupils. They both have 10 lesson plans with supporting documents. There is also the Material World: a Science and Geography pack for year 5/6 themed around resource use and focuses on plastics and textiles.

Plymouth Energy from Waste Facility & Combined Heat & Power Plant

A full day visit (10am - 2.30pm) is available to the Plymouth Energy from Waste Facility & CHP plant at Devonport.


These visits are free of charge and whilst we recommend a maximum class of 30 - 35 pupils of Year 3 and above, the visits are available and activities can be adapted for all age groups and smaller or larger numbers.


Dates currently available for 2017 are:-

  • Thursday 6th July **FULLY BOOKED**

For further information, please contact:-