Tours of Avonmouth Sewage Works as part of green festival
Their job may not be glamorous but the workers at Avonmouth Sewage Works consider themselves the unsung heroes of the environmental world.
28 engineers work round the clock to ensure the millions of litres of waste that flushes down our toilets, washes down our sinks and runs off the road is treated and safe to release into the Severn estuary.
Certainly it's hard to imagine what the environment was like before the site was built in the late 50s.
Before that raw sewage was pumped directly into our rivers and chlorine added to 'make it safe' and, even up to 1992, compressed human waste was shipped out twice a day and dumped at sea off the North Devon coast.
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Now the plant has gone well and truly green.
It not only treats 475 million litres of sewage every day but generates around 40GWh of renewable energy a year. It even runs its own car, the Bio-Bug, off the by-products of our waste.
The works is open to visitors during Big Green Week and during the tours people can also see how the plant turns grit, sand, rags and nappies into a compost like material for land restoration and agricultural fertiliser.
They'll also have a glimpse of the new food waste processing facility which will process up to 40,000 tonnes of food waste per year supplying energy to around 3,000 homes.
ThisisBristol took a tour and found out that at Avonmouth Sewage Works it's a case of waste not want not: