This Ski Slope Is Built on Top of a WasteTreatment Plant in

first_imgStay on target Tokyo 2020 Unveils Olympic Medals Made From Old ElectronicsRIP Drogo: Jason Momoa Shaves Beard to Inspire Change Here’s one way to make waste management fun: A futuristic, urban ski resort built on top of a waste incinerator in Denmark is set to open to the public this spring.Towering 279 feet above the mostly-flat city of Copenhagen, Copenhill recently welcomed its first guests during a two-day preview.The project is part of Copenhagen’s efforts to become the world’s first carbon-neutral capital. With Copenhill, the city is hoping to build a waste-treatment plant that local residents are happy to have in their neighborhood, according to Reuters. The plant began operating in 2017, and when it’s completed, the recreational skiing and hiking area will be open year-round.One of the first things visitors will notice about the ski slope is that it’s green — it’s built with a material called neveplast.“I think everybody is surprised to start with when they look at it and it’s not snow,” said Christian Ingels, the director at Copenhill, told Reuters. “It’s green dry-slope material. After one or two runs, your mind is automatically adjusting so you feel exactly like skiing.”The actual building is wrapped in a facade of aluminum planters which will later feature greenery. In the original plan for the facility, the chimney would not emit its exhaust continuously, but instead in the form of “smoke” rings (consisting of water vapor rather than actual smoke), one for every 250 kilos of CO2 released into the atmosphere, the Guardian reported.center_img Plans for the recreation ski area also include a lodge of sorts at the base of the structure where skiers can rest, rent gear, or buy passes. A chair-lift system will ferry skiers to the top of the slope and plant, the lower runs will be serviced by carpet lifts, similar to conveyor belts.“It’s a fantastic experience in the middle of a city to be able to do what you do like the most,” a visiting skier Pelle Hansen told Reuters. “Instead of having to go six, seven, eight or 10 hours to a ski destination, you can be here in 10 minutes.”The ski resort area alone reportedly cost more than $10 million to build.The plant will also burn waste from about 600,000 residents and 68,000 businesses to produce electricity and district heating for the city. It also will recycle some of the waste.More on Geek.com:Japan Opens Cocktail Bar in a Waste Dump to Promote SustainabilityDenmark Builds 43-Mile Anti-Pig Fence Along Border With GermanyNetherlands Now Has the World’s First Recycled Plastic Bike Pathlast_img read more

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