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
Children's 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 the 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 15 March 2017, 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Fully booked, waiting list only
  • Saturday 22 April 2017, 10.30am to 12.30 – Fully booked, waiting list only
  • Saturday 3 June 2017, 10.30am to 12.30
  • Wednesday 12 July 2017, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
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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.

  • Thursday 1 June 2017, 10.30am to 12 noon
  • Wednesday 2 August 2017, 10.30am to 12 noon

 

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 students. Please see our School Trip Leaflet (PDF, 408KB) and  itinerary (KS2 (PDF, 183KB) and KS3 (PDF, 177KB)) for more information.

School trips aim to engage, enthuse and inform children about recycling, waste issues and environmental impacts. Sessions can be tailored to class topics, such as:

- Geography (natural resources)

- Science (material types, magnets)

- PSHE (good citizenship)

- English Literature (reading Stig of the Dump, The Iron Man) and more.

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.

Tours are not available to schools outside the borough of Milton Keynes.

 

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.

 

Online booking and enquiry form

School Recycling Information

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