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A group of around 20 attendees were given a presentation on the wide variety of recycling and renewable energy projects carried out at GENeco's main site at Avonmouth, before going on a tour of the sewage treatment works.
The annual summer school is funded by the Goldsmiths' Company and is based in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath. It aims to provide teachers with an insight into the science behind the issues of energy and the environment, and the course content is directly relevant to
GCSE and A level science syllabi. This year was the third time GENeco has been involved with the course.
Mrs Clare Grant, a chemistry teacher who attended the visit, said "I truly believe that recycling is the only way forward for a planet with finite resources. The tour was excellent and has made me aware of some of the very good current approaches to sustainable practice. I will certainly be
including some of the material covered today in my classroom teaching, and challenging our eco-group at school to investigate recycling in our borough."
Matt Atkins, site scientist at Avonmouth, spoke to the group about the science behind GENeco's operations.
"We were really pleased to host the Goldsmiths sustainability school for the third consecutive year. The group was enthusiastic and appreciative throughout the morning's activities, and I look forward to meeting next year's group when we have even more exciting
developments to talk about."
Biomethane generated by waste can be used as a substitute for natural gas in homes and in vehicles. It's the fuel of the future, but it's here now.
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