What happens to my rubbish?

How black sack rubbish is processed into renewable energy & book a factory tour


Inside the Waste Recovery Plant
Inside the MK Waste Recovery Plant

Milton Keynes Council's Waste Recovery Park processes the rubbish collected weekly in black bin bags.

The factory initially locates items that could be recycled, which have been placed in the black bin bag in error, then food and garden waste are retrieved and composted into a low grade compost-like output. The remaining non-recyclable items then go to the advanced thermal treatment (ATT) which turns them into a fuel suitable to generate steam. This then drives a turbine which creates electricity that is fed into the National Grid. You can see the process from start to finish here (PDF, 4.9MB)

Talks and Tours

Talk and tours of the MK Waste Recovery Park are hosted by the Amey Education Manager, on behalf of MK Council.

Public Tours
School Tours
Community Group Tours

Community Talks

Public Tours

Free Public tours are available to MK residents only. Please contact MK.education@amey.co.uk for the date of the next session and online booking link.

Public tours are also available at the Milton Keynes Recycling Factory

School Tours

Visits to the MK Waste Recovery Park are available for students from Key Stage 3 and 4, with session plans and activities including science, geography and citizenship curriculum links. Sessions are free for MK schools and allow students to find out what happens to rubbish after they throw it away. The visits cover waste and recycling issues, include waste-related activities as well as the opportunity to take part in a site tour to view state-of-the-art waste treatment technology. For more details and on-line booking calendar visit the MKWRP website .

For MK Key Stage 2 schools tours of the the MK Recycling Factory are available. Visit the Schools Information page  to find out more and download free on-line teaching resources too.

Community Group Tours

Group tours covering recycling, environmental and waste issues are available free of charge to Milton Keynes adult and children's community groups. For more details and on-line booking calendar visit the MKWRP website .

Recycling and Rubbish Commmunity Talks

Talks are available to MK community groups at your venue, covering recycling, environmental and waste issues free of charge.  These sessions are run by the Amey MK Waste Recovery Park Education Manager, on behalf of MK Council and are interactive and engaging for all ages. Please contact the Education Manager directly detailing your requirements, via MK.education@amey.co.uk , tel. 01908 046174 or visit the online calendar and booking form here.




Last Updated: 6 January 2020