Schools can stay green after ‘Go Green Week’

Go Green Week (9th - 15th February) is a national week where schools, colleges and universities host a range of activities to draw attention to climate change and how we can opt for greener alternatives.   

By recycling we are all opting for the greener alternative and at the MRF visitors can find out first hand where Nottinghamshire’s recyclable waste goes once it has been collected from the kerbside. Enhanced tours for schools are offered in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council’s Schools Waste Action Club. The Mansfield Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is where Nottinghamshire’s recyclable materials that are collected from households are sorted into different types (e.g. plastics, cardboard, paper, metal) using a mixture of manual and automated methods. It is hoped pupils will be inspired to become Nottinghamshire’s next recycling experts and pass the ‘Bin Smart’ message on once home.

Councillor Jim Creamer, Nottinghamshire County Council's Chair of Environment and Sustainability Committee commented: “This education centre is a major part of our sustainable education strategy. Schools weeks are aimed at KS2 year groups, and we want as many pupils as possible to have the opportunity to visit.”
Wayne Draycott, Mansfield MRF Manager at Veolia says: “We are delighted with the success of our facility in educating Nottinghamshire’s next generation of recyclers. The MRF has a dedicated visitor's walkway and viewing platform where visitors can observe the day-to-day operation of the facility. We look forward to welcoming the upcoming groups of school pupils and adult groups alike.”

Our Communications team can arrange educational tours at the MRF for small groups of adults and children (minimum age of 7) throughout the year. If you would like to register your interest, please email [email protected]