A new recycling centre in Hull is set to become a major resource for schools and help dispel the stereotype that recycling is about ugly landfill tips and that recycling centres are places you would not want to visit in a hurry.
The Burma Drive Recycling Centre in east Hull opened in May; the visitors' centre will open in late July and will be fully operational in September for school visits. Its aim is to inform students about many aspects of recycling.
The centre is light years away from the common perception of a household-waste recycling centre. Far from being ugly and utilitarian, it is a sleek building with a curved glass frontage, providing panoramic views of the landscaped grounds. The design also enables visitors to see the site in action through a viewing gallery.
The centre is built from a wide range of sustainable materials, including recycled brick, wood chippings, glass and rubber - the last is used for flooring.
Other uses for recycled materials include newspaper blocks for insulation and plastic paths leading to the centre, as well as the furniture.
An intelligent energy lighting system dispenses with the need for light switches as the it automatically responds to the natural light level.
The architect's brief was to create a centre that would stimulate visitors and the visitors' centre will offer much more than just a room full of posters or exhibits.
The plan is to develop a centre that encourages young people to think more about recycling and reusing resources.
The construction of the centre itself will be used to reinforce these messages and show what is possible by using recycled materials. Not only will students be able to discuss issues such as basic construction materials, insulation, energy use and waste water management, they will be able to see them in action.
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