Materials Recycling Facility (MRF)
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.
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.
Public Tours begin 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 31 March 2018, 10am to 12 noon – fully booked
- Saturday 12 May 2018, 10am to 12 noon - fully booked
- Saturday 2 June 2018, 10am to 12 noon – fully booked
- Saturday 1 September 2018, 10am to 12 noon - fully booked
We're hoping to have more tours available soon so please book onto a waiting list and you'll be informed of a future tour. Just fill out the online booking form and in the comments section write 'waiting list'.
Children’s Public Tours
Young Milton Keynes residents aged 7 – 14 years old are invited on a free tour of the Recycling Factor; including a short presentation about recycling in MK, a tour of the factory along the gallery walkway and create a recycled craft item to take home. Children must be over 7 years old, accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. Booking is essential.
- Saturday 31 March 2018, 1.30pm to 3pm – fully booked
- Thursday 31 May 2018, 10am to 12 noon - last few spaces remaining
- Saturday 2 June 2018, 1.30pm to 3pm – fully booked
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.
Milton Keynes Adult Community Groups with 20 to 32 members can book a free tour similar to the Public Tour on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the daytime. These tours are free of charge to Milton Keynes groups and are not available to groups based outside of the boundary.
Unfortunately we are unable to offer tours to Scout or Brownie/Guide groups at this time.
Commercial business’s may book a 1.5 hour visit, including talk and tour of the factory on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the daytime. There is a charge of £150 Commercial Tours.
Last Updated: 1 May 2018