Bolton Education Centre and Energy Recovery Facility

See how general waste from Bolton is turned into electricity to power 14,000 homes.

A visit includes:

A  tour of the Energy Recovery Facility

  • Look inside the furnace which reaches temperatures up to 1100°c
  • Find out how emissions are controlled with the help of ammonia, carbon, lime and 5m vacuum bags.
  • Look up the 60m chimney which was looked after by the one and only much loved local celebrity, Fred Dibnah himself.

There is also the option to visit the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Hurstwood Court, Bolton.

A selection of tailored interactive activities

  • Right Stuff Right Bin – Which bin is which?
  • Rubbish to Resource – Where does it all go?
  • One Earth – Why does it matter?

Visits are suitable for:

  • Primary school classes (Year 3 and above)
  • Guide and Scout groups (7 years old and above)
  • Secondary and Higher Education students studying environmental and STEM subjects
  • Further Education students studying environmental and STEM courses
  • Adult community groups

Not in education or part of a community group?

You can still visit us on one of our Public Open Days! Visit our events page for dates available.

Centre Information


Unit 4
Hurstwood Court
Raikes Lane

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Important information about building and DIY waste

Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our Recycling Centres. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote. If you are recycling or disposing of business waste, visit the business waste page.

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