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Recycling Discovery Centres

Recycling Discovery Centres

Our two Recycling Discovery Centres in Merseyside  offer FREE visits for you to see state-of-the-art recycling in action and delve into the world of waste!

Veolia is dedicated to changing perceptions of waste within Merseyside. By considering why wasting things does matter and identifying actions to reduce, reuse and recycle, your group will go home more knowledgable about their impact upon the environment and be inspired to make a difference. 

We take bookings for both mornings and afternoons, Monday to Friday and offer a limited number of early evening sessions each month.  A visit to us lasts around two hours (longer or shorter sessions are available on request). We have parking on site including space for minibuses and a coach (Gillmoss only). 

To ensure you have an enjoyable experience with us and that we can provide a safe and positive learning environment, we do limit the size of the group.  As a guide it is approximately 35 for school groups and 25 for adult groups but depends upon the Centre you are visiting. Please therefore contact us to discuss your specific requirements.  

Whether you are school looking for an introduction to recycling; an in-depth science lesson; guidance for an eco-council or a group of adults wanting to dispel those recycling myths, a visit to Merseyside’s Recycling Discovery Centre fits all.  Can’t make it to us? We also offer Outreach Sessions (e.g. Assemblies, Workshops or Talks).

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 "A fantastic and free visit that was very educational and fun!" Queens Park Primary

"Kirsty tailored the sessions to meet the needs of our 3 groups of students. Fantastic visit!" Hugh Baird College

"A worthwhile and well presented visit. Excellent facilities and confident staff"  ITPAS Community Group, Wirral

Educational Groups

RDC Leaflet
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Our purpose built, visually stimulating classrooms are fully accessible and all sessions are led by a qualified teacher. Both Centres hold the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge. This is the only nationally recognised indicator of good quality educational provision and effective risk management.  

Using the information you provide during our pre-visit discussions and on your booking form we will tailor your visit to your needs. We actively seek to include a range of cross-curricular links.  

A typical educational visit to the Recycling Discovery Centre consists of 3 parts:

  1. Guided group work, presentations and discussion on the impact of waste; what we can do at home to recycle and reduce our impact on the environment. 

  2. ​Materials Recovery Facility Tour: from our internal covered walkway at Gillmoss, you will see recycling in action (for Bidston, this is achieved via CCTV in the classroom).

  3. Waste & recycling games and acitivities: hands on, self-guided learning for EYFS, KS1 & 2; for KS3-4 group work.
We would be happy to send you a session outline for your Key Stage.

EYFS Areas of Learning supported include:
Building confidence to choose activities and discuss ideas, playing co-operatively, taking turns, following instructions to carry out activities, talk about events in their own lives and that of their family, talk about similarities and differences between objects.

KS1 & 2 National Curriculum Links (but not limited to):
Materials and their properties/uses, balanced and unbalanced forces, persuasive writing, explanation of a process, geography (our place).
Topic work including: Ways to save our planet, Eco Warriors, Is Plastic Fantastic? Slim Your Bin, Zero Waste Your Lunch, Litter.

KS3 & 4:
Science - waste disposal, the efficacy of recycling, product life cycles.
D&T - the impact of design on the environment.
Geography - investigating sustainability.

HE/FE Groups:
Environment and Countryside, Geography, Environmental Science, Environmental Health, Architecture, Child Care, Business Studies, PGCE and Teacher Training.

As the Recycling Discovery Centres are located in working industrial buildings, we have access to the wider aspects of a waste & recycling business both from an operational and business point of view. So why not use us to deliver a session on: 
  • Preparing for the World of Work;
  • Health & Safety in the Workplace;
  • Resource Depletion & The Circular Economy;
  • Management Decisions in the Workplace
  • Where there's Muck there's Maths -how problem solving is used every day;
  • The Built Environment -the role design and achitecture has on location.

Adult & Community Groups

Community Group Tours Leaflet
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​Our Centres are fully accessible and adaptable to the needs of an adult group. Our Waste Awareness Officer has several years’ experience of working with community groups.  She will take you on a lively and interesting journey to help you understand what happens to your recycling once it goes in your wheelie bin. Free refreshments are also provided.

Whether you are a group of friends or an organised group please get in touch and book. 
Ready to book or got a question?
The links below will take you straight to the booking forms. If you have a question or want to check availability click here to contact us and we'll get back in touch!
Children's University
Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre is recognised as a Children's University Learning Destination, don't forget to bring your passport ...

LOTC Quality Badge
Both Centres hold the LOtC Quality Badge. A nationally recognised indicator of good quality educational provision and effective risk management.

We work hard to provide experiential learning in a safe environment. Our staff are STEM Ambassadors through the All About STEM Network in Merseys...