It’s been a busy few weeks for the Recycle for Greater Manchester Education Team. For the third year running we have participated in the Heritage Open Days. These are a once-a-year chance to explore the world on your doorstep, unlocked and completely free of charge!
This year almost all of the eight sessions held across our four education centres were fully booked. This was a tremendous response from residents wanting to find out more about what happens to the things they put in their bins.
Our education centres are based at some of our major facilities and each one showcases a different technology. Our centre at Longley Lane in Manchester focuses on our Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where your cans, foil, glass bottles, jars and plastic bottles are sorted and separated ready to be transformed into something new. At the Bolton centre we take a look at our Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) where non-recyclable waste is burned and the heat used to generate electricity. At Bredbury we discover how non-recyclable waste undergoes treatment at our Mechanical Biological Treatment Facility (MBT) where it is mechanically separated, biologically digested and used to generate green electricity. Pilsworth in Bury is where our landfill site and gas plant are situated. Here you can see how a modern landfill site is run and how we protect the environment by collecting the gas using it to generate electricity.
Each session included a presentation on the technologies, why we have four bins and what should go in them. This was followed by interactive activities to explain just what happens at the site, a site tour and how to get the right stuff in the right bin. It also gives you the chance to ask those nagging questions like “why can I only put plastic bottles in my recycling bin”? You can find the answer in the recycling A-Z , or come along to the next open day and test our knowledge.
We had some wonderful feedback from the visitors, lots of people felt they now understood what they should be recycling and why. A Bolton resident went so far as to say “everyone should see this” and an Oldham resident commented “the presentation and tour was excellent and the staff running it were wonderful – excellent exposé of the system”.
Further open days are being held at each of the sites throughout the year. Check out the events section of our website to see when they are or tell us that you want to join our mailing list and we will tell you the dates for future open days.
Our education centres and facility tours are very popular with schools and community groups simply book a visit to any of our education centres and see your waste in action!