Waste education talks and videos

MK Council are pleased to offer a new and exciting range of FREE environmental education videos, talks and resources for MK schools and community groups. 


Let’s Recycle Right

Everything you need to feel confident you are recycling correctly, covering:

  • what goes in which bin, box or bag
  • how MK residents’ recycling is processed
  • what it is recycled into
  • new wheeled bin collections starting 2023
  • what happens to MK black bin bags
  • actions we can all do to help the environment

Plastic Ocean

Learn more about the impact of plastic, including:

  • the role of plastic in our everyday lives
  • plastic pollution if the oceans and impact on sea life
  • what happens when litter enters local waterways
  • what plastic can be recycled
  • actions we can all do to help reduce plastic use and litter

Small actions, Big impact

How humans have impacted the environment and what can be done to help, including:

  • summary of the impact of deforestation, mining, pollution, waste management and population
  • the role of central and local government, businesses and manufacturers 
  • examples of small daily behaviour changes that have a positive and sustainable impact on the environment

Super Powers

A review of energy sources and what happens to MK’s black bin bags, covering:

  • how we use energy every day
  • issues with fossil fuels
  • different types of renewable energy sources
  • current energy provision
  • what happens at the MK Waste Recovery Park and how MK bin bag rubbish is turned into a source of energy

Select group

Early Year Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

Options available:

In school talks and assemblies are not currently available for this age group.

Primary school Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

Options available:

Secondary school Key Stage 3 to 5 (Years 7 to 13)

Options available:

  • book a free 40 minute KS3 classroom session (see Booking Information below)
  • watch our short videos, for use in class or assembly
  • print off free educational resources for worksheets, activities and craft
  • see our Eco Citizens advice, for in-school eco ideas

School council and eco groups 

Advice, guide and support for your School Council or Eco group on how to:

  • identify where and what type of waste is created 
  • improve recycling in classrooms and around school
  • reduce waste and look for reuse options
  • discuss how to reduce food waste
  • tackle litter
  • look for other sustainable solutions around school

Options available:

Children’s community groups, e.g. Scouts and Brownies

Options available:

Talks are not currently available for these groups.

MK adult community groups

Options available:

Parish, Community and Town councils

Options available:

Groups and schools based outside of Milton Keynes

Please contact your local council’s Waste and Recycling team.

Book a talk

  • All talks are adapted to be suitable to each audience, please contact us for any special requirements
  • Talks are presented by Sarah Spicer, MK Council Waste Education Officer and Sandra Akinsola, MK Council Waste and Recycling Support Officer
  • To request an amendment to the start time of your booking please add this in the comments section of your booking enquiry form
  • To request a date not listed, weekends and all other queries email wasteeducation@milton-keynes.gov.uk or call 01908 252312

Complete the online booking enquiry form with your request. We will contact you back in the next 5 working days to confirm your booking.

Environment and Waste Education contact information

Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park (by appointment only), 9 Dickens Road, Old Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5QF