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Manchester Education Centre and Materials Recovery Facility

See how recycling is sorted from over a million homes.

A visit includes:

A  tour of the Materials Recovery Facility

  • See how your plastic bottles are sorted using machines called Aladdin
  • 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 – 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 to see the next available dates.

Centre Information

Address

Longley Lane Education Centre

Longley Lane

Sharston

M22 4RQ

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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.

Recycle for Greater Manchester