What happens to my recycling?

Find out what happens to recycling, watch the video and book on a tour of the Recycling Factory

About the Recycling Factory

Milton Keynes Council 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.

MRF
A one-pass lorry at the recycling factory

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 (PDF, 604KB) We even recycle the clear sack! The factory is normally operational Monday to Friday, 6am to 5pm, with occasional Saturdays for overtime and after Bank Holidays due to the refuse collection delay. Watch our factory video or see below to book onto one of our tours of the factory.

Public Tours

Public tours are free and only available to Milton Keynes residents. Visits include a look around our hands-on displays and an interesting presentation, which clarifies what can and cannot be recycled in Milton Keynes, what it is all recycled into and answer any questions you may have. There is also a video and 20 minute tour into the factory along a raised viewing gallery to see the machinery and staff at work. Children must be seven years or older for health and safety reasons. The facility is accessible to wheelchair users. These tours are popular so booking is essential.

  • Wednesday 27 February 2019, 10am to 12 noon - last few spaces remaining
  • Saturday 27 April 2019, 10am to 12 noon - Fully booked, Waiting List only
  • Saturday 1 June 2019, 10am to 12 noon
  • Saturday 31st August, 10am to 12 noon
  • Thursday 24th October, 10am to 12 noon

To book your place please fill out the online booking form 

Recycling Factory address: Colts Holm Road, Old Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5QD

Tours are also available at the new MK Waste Recovery Park where you can find out what happens to the rubbish in your black bin bags.

Top of the page

School Tours

Free School trips to the Recycling Factory in Old Wolverton are hands-on, lively, educational, and are only available to Milton Keynes Schools. Visits include many curriculum links and aim to engage, enthuse and inform students about recycling, the environment and waste issues. The trip also helps students to understand that their actions make a difference. School trips are not available to schools outside the borough of Milton Keynes.

Book your school trip at the School Recycling Information page and download free classroom activities, crafts, wall displays and more to support your topic.

Top of the page

Community Tours

Tours of the Recycling FactoryCommunity group, e.g. Scouts, Brownies, WI, Rotary Club, etc. are no longer available, but you may book a free tour of the new 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 complete the online booking request form 

 

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

Top of the page

Last Updated: 14 December 2018