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. To find out more click here. (PDF, 604KB)

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A one-pass lorry at the recycling factory

Recycling Factory Tours – what happens to my recycling?

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 are offered on a first come, first served basis. Milton Keynes residents will be prioritised. These tours are popular so booking is essential.

  • Wednesday 11 July 2018, 10am to 12 noon - fully booked 
  • Saturday 21 July 2018, 10am to 12 noon - fully booked
  • Saturday 1 September 2018, 10am to 12 noon - fully booked
  • Thursday 11 October 2018, 10am to 12 noon - spaces available

Waiting List: To be notified if any spaces become available on existing tours or when future tour dates are released, please complete the on-line booking form and note ‘Waiting List’ in Comments section.

To book your place please fill out the online booking form 

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 

Community Group Tours

Adult community groups based in Milton Keynes with 20 to 32 members may book a free tour similar to the Public Tour on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the daytime. For Scouts, Brownies, Guides and other children’s community groups please see tours at the MK Waste Recovery Park.  Tours are not available to groups based outside of Milton Keynes.

To book your place please fill out the online booking form 

Commercial Tours

Commercial businesses may book a 1.5 hour visit, including talk, video and tour of the factory on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the daytime. 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

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Last Updated: 11 July 2018