More than 100 staff at two waste plants are set to be axed and Lancashire’s ill-fated £2bn recycling scheme scaled back to save money.
Lancashire County Council said the cutbacks, affecting Global Renewables workers, are needed to help achieve an extra £223m of savings by 2020.
Up to 40 per cent of the 340 employees at Global Renewables in Farington and Thornton are set to be made redundant.
The visitor centre at Farington, which has been a regular school trip venue for thousands of school pupils as part of their national curriculum studies, will also be closed.
One worker at the Farington site said: “We are gutted. It is a terrible blow for the workers.”
County Coun David Borrow, deputy leader of LCC, said they were outline proposals and LCC was working with company bosses on the details, to allow consultation with workers and trade unions.