Materials Recycling Facility (MRF)

Tours of the Recycling Factory are available to members of the public, school classes and community groups.

Tour Information  
About the Recycling Facility
Public Tours
School Tours
Adult Community, Commercial, and Special Needs Groups

Online booking and enquiry form

Tour Information

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

MRF

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.

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Public Tours

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.

  • Thursday 19 October 2017, 6.30pm to 8.30pm – fully booked
  • Saturday 18 November 2017 - 10.00am to 12 noon
  • February 2018 – date to be confirmed
  • Saturday 7 April 2018, 10.00am to 12 noon
  • Saturday 12 May 2018, 10.00am to 12 noon
  • Saturday 2 June 2018, 10.00am to 12 noon
  • Saturday 1 September 2018, 10.00am to 12 noon

School Tours

School trips aim to engage, enthuse and inform students about recycling, waste issues and environmental impacts. School trips to the Recycling Factory are hands-on, lively, educational, and free to all Milton Keynes Schools, suitable for KS2 to KS5 students. Tours are not available to schools outside the borough of Milton Keynes.

School Trip Leaflet  (PDF, 487KB)

Itinerary information KS2 (PDF, 182KB)KS3 (PDF, 177KB), and Eco Group (PDF, 177KB) 

School trip themes and topics (PDF, 147KB)

Dates available for trips  (PDF, 10KB)

Please also see School Recycling Information for classroom activities, crafts, wall displays etc.

Adult Community, Commercial and Special Needs Groups

Milton Keynes 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. These tours are free of charge.

A charge of £150 is made for Commercial Groups tours.

Online booking and enquiry form

School Recycling Information

Real Nappy Information Events at the MRF

 

Last Updated: 20 October 2017