The world’s most exciting waste treatment plant

Waste treatment plants, action sports, two things we never thought make sense in one sentence. For residents of Copenhagen, Denmark, however, this is exactly what is on their minds.

A state-of-the-art waste-to-energy plant that features a rooftop ski slope is under construction in the country’s capital. The plant itself opened in 2017, and the ski slope is expected to open at some point in 2018.

The plant, which is called Amager Bakke, Amager Slope, or Copenhill, is one of the top performing European plants in terms of energy efficiency. Once the slope is completed, its multi-purpose use will also draw tourists and locals in for winter fun.

Inspired by ski slopes in the Alps, the 90-meter-high rooftop slope is drawing attention all over the world for its creative, innovative design.

Skiers need not worry about the air quality on the slope either, as the plant produces little to no emissions.

The plant, which operates at 99 percent efficiency, can treat around 400,000 tonnes of waste annually produced by 500,000 to 700,000 individuals and at least 46,000 companies. In addition, the plant can supply a minimum of 50,000 households with electricity and 120,000 households with heating.

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