See how recycling is sorted from over a million homes.

A visit to this facility in South Manchester includes:

A tour of the Materials Recovery Facility…

  • See how your plastic bottles are sorted using infrared lasers
  • Find out how glass bottles and jars are given a clean using cyclones
  • Watch how we turn your aluminium drinks cans and foil into biscuits (not suitable for eating)

A selection of tailored interactive activities…

  • Right stuff Right Bin
  • A chance to put your recycling questions to an expert
  • Interactive games on iPads
  • One World (why does it matter)

We welcome visits from:

✅ School groups (year 3 and above)

✅ Scout and Guide groups (age 7 and above)

✅ Further and Higher Education students

✅ Adult community and interest groups

✅ Local businesses looking to support their staff to find out more about household waste, recycling and environmental impact.

Visit Information

Cost: FREE

Eligible Groups: Must be based in Greater Manchester waste contract area (all GM districts excluding wigan).

Age Groups: Suitable for children and adults (minimum age 7).

Group size: Min. 5 and max. 34 people.

Individuals: Please book via our ‘Open Days’.

Length of session: 2 hours (option of longer day visits for Primary Schools).


Daytimes Tuesday to Thursday, Evenings Monday- Thursday. Tours are scheduled around MRF operating times.

Parking: Free on-site coach, minibus and car parking.

Safety: Full Health and Safety details and Risk Assessments will be sent out on booking completion.

Centre Information


0161 778 7109


Longley Lane Education Centre
Longley Lane
M22 4RQ

Map & directions

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