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Science Centre to close for five days

Newcastle’s Life Science Centre will close to the public from Monday 5 January for five days, to undertake essential work which signals the start of a £1m development of its exhibition space.

The Science Centre will re-open to the public on Saturday 10 January. Life’s outdoor ice rink will remain open for skating throughout the course of the week.

Life’s Trading and Operations Director, Liz Dean, said:

“This is an exciting time as we begin major works on a new exhibition area. During the five days we are closed, a lot of work will be going on to remodel parts of the area and undertake essential maintenance on other parts of the Centre.”

The new development, Experiment Zone, will be completed in time for Easter and will allow visitors to step into the shoes of scientists and carry out a range of experiments using laboratory-grade equipment.

Funding for Experiment Zone came from the Biffa Award Scheme.

About Biffa:

Biffa Group Ltd

Under the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996, landfill operators like Biffa Group Ltd are liable for taxes on waste deposited in landfill sites. The Landfill Communities Fund allows them to donate a small percentage of their tax liability to projects working to improve communities living within the vicinity of landfill sites. To date, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £140 million to thousands of worthwhile projects.

Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund

Any waste that is discarded which cannot be reused, reprocessed or recycled may ultimately be disposed of in a landfill site. To encourage Landfill site Operators (LOs) to re-use, recycle, recover more value from waste and use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal, Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent to landfill.

LOs are able to redirect a small proportion of landfill tax liability (currently 6.8%) to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of their landfill sites through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The LCF is regulated by ENTRUST on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs, and the projects are delivered by enrolled Environmental bodies (EBs). Since its inception in 1996, over £1 billion has been spent on more than 32,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit or see HMRC‘s general guide to Landfill Tax.

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