During national STEM week (16th – 20th March) Veolia and Nottinghamshire County Council’s Schools Waste Action Club will be welcoming Nottinghamshire schools for tours of the facility, where pupils will find out what can be recycled at home and see first-hand where Nottinghamshire’s recyclable waste goes. They will also have the opportunity to join in with some specially designed activities from Bricks 4 Kidz which are designed by engineers and architects providing opportunities for problem solving and helping to develop an appreciation for how things work – while having fun with Lego® bricks!
The Mansfield Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is where Nottinghamshire’s recyclable materials that are collected from households are sorted into different types (e.g. plastic bottles, margarine tubs and yoghurt pots, cardboard, paper, metal) using a mixture of manual and automated methods.
Councillor Jim Creamer, Nottinghamshire County Council's Chair of Environment and Sustainability Committee said: “Visits to the Materials Recovery Facility are a major part of our sustainable education strategy. Children and adults alike get a lot out of visits. Schools weeks are aimed at KS2 year groups, and we want as many classes as possible to have the opportunity to visit.”
Schools week and educational tours at the MRF are available throughout the year. If you would like to register your interest / your school’s interest, please [email protected]
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.”
Items that can go into your kerbside recycling bin which go to the Materials Recovery Facility:
Paper – newspapers, magazines, junk mail (excluding shredded paper)
Card/cardboard – cereal boxes, egg boxes, cardboard tubes
Plastic bottles – including drinks bottles, milk bottles, bathroom bottles – shampoo etc (Please remove and discard lids)
Plastic tubs – yoghurt pots and margarine tubs only (Please remove and discard lids)
Cans, tins and empty aerosols
All items should all be clean, dry and loose in your recycling bin. Please rinse bottles, cans and tins in your leftover washing up water before recycling to remove food residue.
For a ‘Bin Smart’ information guide to kerbside recycling in Nottinghamshire or to find out more about Veolia please call 0203 567 4370, email [email protected] or visit www.veolia.co.uk/nottinghamshire