Materials Recycling Facility (MRF)
Tours of the Recycling Factory are available to members of the public, school classes and community groups. Visits include an interesting presentation, a video of how the machinery works, plus a tour into the factory along a raised viewing gallery to see the machines and staff at work sorting the recycling.
The session clarifies what items go into the different recycling containers, where the recycling goes, what it is turned into, as well as covering waste issues and environmental impacts.
Children must be 7 years or older. The facility is accessible to wheelchair users.
About the Recycling Factory
Milton Keynes Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), more commonly known as the ‘Recycling Factory’, is a purpose-built state-of-the-art sorting facility based in Old Wolverton. Built in 1993, it is one of the largest of its kind in the UK, processing recycling from Milton Keynes' homes and schools as well as other areas.
The MRF uses a range of technologies to sort the recyclable items into their different material types. The sorted materials are then baled ready for transportation to factories to be made into new recycled products.
These tours are popular so booking is essential. Public Tours commence with a presentation clarifying what items can be recycled in the different recycling containers, where the recycling goes, what it is turned into and answering any questions. The talk also covers waste issues, environmental impacts and future department plans, plus a video explaining how the factory machinery works. Then a tour into the factory, along a raised viewing gallery, to see the machines and staff sorting the recycling.
Tours are not suitable for children aged 6 years or under.
- Wednesday 12 July 2017, 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Last few spaces remaining
- Thursday 7 September 2017 – see Heritage Tour information below
- Saturday 9 September 2017 – see Heritage Tour information below
- Thursday 19 October 2017, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
What we throw away tells us a lot about society. Come along to a light-hearted look at rubbish, from prehistoric middens to modern day landfill sites. Plus, find out more about recycling in ancient history, during World War 2 and today here in Milton Keynes. As part of the Heritage Open Days across England, heritage tours include a presentation, video and tour of the recycling factory.
- Thursday 7 September 2017, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
- Saturday 9 September 2017, 10.30am to 12.30pm
School trips to the Recycling Factory are hands-on, lively, educational, and free to all Milton Keynes Schools, suitable for KS2 to KS5 students. Please see our School Trip Leaflet (PDF, 408KB) and itinerary (KS2 (PDF, 183KB) and KS3 (PDF, 180KB)) for more information.
School trips aim to engage, enthuse and inform children about recycling, waste issues and environmental impacts. Sessions include a fun, interactive presentation, a video explaining how the machines work, then experience the sights and smells of the factory from the safety of the gallery walkway. There are also games, activities and craft for KS2 students. Please also see School Recycling Information for classroom activities, crafts, displays etc.
Sessions can be tailored to class topics, such as:
- Geography (natural resources, environmental impacts)
- Science (material types, magnets)
- PSHE (good citizenship)
- English Literature (reading Stig of the Dump, The Iron Man) and more.
Tours are not available to schools outside the borough of Milton Keynes.
Children’s Talk, Tour and Craft Session
These tours are popular so booking is essential. Children’s Tours are specifically aimed at children aged 7 to 14 years old, lasting about 1.5 hours. The session includes a short talk about what can be recycled and what happens to it, a factory tour along the raised gallery walkway and a free recycled craft activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times.
- Wednesday 2 August 2017, 10.30am to 12 noon
Adult Community, Commercial and Special Needs Groups
Groups with 20 to 32 members can book a tour similar to the Public Tour on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the daytime or evening. Community and special needs groups must be based in Milton Keynes. These tours are free of charge.
A charge of £150 is made for Commercial Groups tours.