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.
- Saturday 3 February 2018 10am to 12 noon
- Saturday 31 March 2018, 10am to 12 noon
- Saturday 31 March 2018, 1.30pm to 3pm – *child friendly tour includes craft to take home
- Saturday 12 May 2018, 10am to 12 noon
- Saturday 2 June 2018, 10am to 12 noon
- Saturday 1 September 2018, 10am to 12 noon
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.
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.
Last Updated: 11 January 2018