What happens to my recycling?

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

About the Recycling Factory

Milton Keynes Materials Recovery Facility is the first purpose-built recycling factory in the UK. Built in 1993, this state-of-the-art sorting facility, based in Old Wolverton, processes the recycling from Milton Keynes' homes and schools, as well as other areas.

A range of technologies sort and separate the paper, cans and plastics, etc. which are then baled ready for transportation, to be made into new recycled products. We even recycle the sack that all the materials were colected in.  To find out more click here. (PDF, 604KB)

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A one-pass lorry at the recycling factory

Public Tours

Visits include a presentation, video and tour of the recycling factory, along a raised viewing gallery to see the machines and staff at work. The session clarifies how to sort your rubbish, what it is recycled into and answer any questions you may have. Children must be seven years or older for health and safety reasons. The facility is accessible to wheelchair users.

Tours of the Recycling Factory are free and only available to Milton Keynes residents. These tours are popular so booking is essential.

  • Thursday 11 October 2018, 10am to 12 noon
  • Thursday 8 November 2018, 10am to 12 noon * 25 years
  • Saturday 10 November 2018, 10am to 12 noon* 25 years- last few spaces remaining
  • Wednesday 27 February 2019, 10am to 12 noon
  • Saturday 27 April 2019, 10am to 12 noon
  • Saturday 1 June 2019, 10am to 12 noon

*nostalgic look back, celebrating 25 years of the first purpose–built recycling factory here in Milton Keynes.

To book your place please fill out the online booking form 

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School Tours

School trips to the Recycling Factory are hands-on, lively, educational, and free to all Milton Keynes Schools.  Suitable for KS2 to KS5, the sessions have many curriculum links and aim to engage, enthuse and inform students about recycling, the environment and waste issues. School trips are not available to schools outside the borough of Milton Keynes.

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

To book your place please fill out the online booking form 

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Community Tours

Community group tours of the Recycling Factory are no longer available, but you may book a free tour of the MK Waste Recovery Park . Tours here explain how black bin bag waste is processed and also covers recycling in MK.

Commercial Tours

Commercial packaging businesses may book a 1.5 hour visit, including talk, video and tour of the factory. There is a charge of £150 per session.

To book your place please fill out the online booking form 

All tours take place at the Recycling Factory, Colts Holm Road, Old Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5QD

 

MK Waste Recovery Park Tours - what happens to my black rubbish bags?

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Last Updated: 20 September 2018