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)

Tour the Waste Recovery Park

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

Public Tours

Free 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.

School and Community Group Tours

Free tours are available to Milton Keynes community groups, such as Scouts, Brownies and the WI, as well as local High schools. For more details and on-line booking calendar visit the MKWRP website .


Tours are also available at the Milton Keynes Recycling Factory


Last Updated: 14 June 2019