Last week a group from West Notts College visited the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) ran by Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste management contractor) to learn all about recycling in the county and what can and can’t go into the kerbside recycling bins.
As part of the new Recycle for Nottinghamshire Education project, school pupils and community groups have been visiting the facility in Mansfield to learn all about how the county’s recycling is sorted before being sent off to be made into new things and how they can help to improve recycling in Nottinghamshire.
Wayne Draycott, Nottinghamshire’s MRF Manager said “It’s great to have new groups visiting each week, and we were delighted to welcome the students who will be looking after local children and helping families settle into new routines as parents. We have a regular issue with disposable nappies finding their way into recycling bins which causes a lot of contamination and is a health and safety concern for our staff. Having groups visit who can help us make a real difference is an invaluable opportunity.’
Visits are free and include a pre-tour introduction, a short DVD, a recycling sorting activity, a tour of the facility, and -- on occasions -- include creative / upcycling activities.
Leslye Henstock, tutor at West Notts College: "The tour included essential information which everyone should be aware of and it taught them all so much about the importance of recycling the correct items."
The students left knowledgeable about what can and can't go in their recycling bin as well as having a deeper understanding of what happens to the contents of their bin once it leaves their kerbside.
If you have ever wondered what happens to your recycling once it has been collected from your home, why not come along and find out!
Tours last roughly 45 minutes, and high-vis vests and safety hats will be provided. Tours are free, but must be booked in advance. To book a place on a tour please email no[email protected]