Education – Recycling Discovery Centres

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Our two Recycling Discovery Centres in Merseyside offer FREE visits for you to see state-of-the-art recycling in action and delve into the world of waste!

Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia is dedicated to changing perceptions of waste within Merseyside. By considering why wasting things does matter and identifying actions to reduce, reuse and recycle, your group will go home more knowledgeable about their impact upon the environment and be inspired to make a difference.

Our purpose built, visually stimulating classrooms are fully accessible and all sessions are led by a qualified teacher. Your session can be customised to suit the needs and learning requirements of the group. All will include links to the National Curriculum. Our sessions last up to two hours (longer sessions are available on request) and are a mix of guided group work, discussion, hands on activities and exploration.

The Recycling Discovery centre staff are STEM Ambassadors and Veolia are members of the Business Class programme, managed by Business in the Community. The Centres have been accredited by Learning Outside the Classroom, for the range of interactive activities available and the opportunities for ‘learning through play’. So you can be confident with the quality of the education experience and the safety of our centres.

We actively work with schools and groups to tailor the visit to their needs. Whether it’s an introduction to recycling, an in-depth science lesson or guidance for an eco-council, we provide a fun and educational visit for all. There are endless cross-curricular links which are explored with the group during visits.

As the Recycling Discovery Centres are located in working industrial buildings, we have access to the wider aspects of a waste & recycling business both from an operational and business point of view. So why not use us to deliver a session on:

•Preparing for the World of Work;
•Health & Safety in the Workplace;
•Resource Depletion & The Circular Economy;
•Management Decisions in the Work Place;
•Where there’s Muck there’s Maths – how problem solving is used every day;
•The Built Environment – the role design and architecture has on a location.

Free on site parking for mini-buses and coaches.

A typical educational visit to the Recycling Discovery Centre consists of three parts:

1. Guided group work, presentations and discussion on the impact of waste; what we can do at home to recycle and reduce our impact on the environment.

2. Materials Recovery Facility Tour: from our internal covered walkway at Gillmoss, you will see recycling in action (for Bidston, this is achieved via CCTV in the classroom).

3.Waste & recycling games and activities: hands on, self-guided learning for EYFS, KS1 & 2; for KS3-4 group work. EYFS Areas of Learning supported include:

Building confidence to choose activities and discuss ideas, playing cooperatively, taking turns, following instructions to carry out activities, talk about events in their own lives and that of their family, talk about similarities and differences between objects.

KS1 & 2 National Curriculum Links (but not limited to):

Materials and their properties/uses, balanced and unbalanced forces, persuasive writing, explanation of a process, geography (our place).

Topic work including: Ways to save our planet, Eco Warriors, Is Plastic Fantastic? Slim Your Bin, Zero Waste Your Lunch, Litter.

KS3 & 4:
Science – waste disposal, the efficacy of recycling, product life cycles.
D&T – the impact of design on the environment.
Geography – investigating sustainability.

HE/FE Groups:
Environment and Countryside, Geography, Environmental Science, Environmental Health, Architecture, Child Care, Business Studies, PGCE and Teacher Training.

Recycling Discovery Centre Leaflet (PDF – 793.73 KB)


We have two Recycling Discovery Centres in Merseyside:

Gillmoss RDC
Bridgehouse Lane
L10 5HA

Bidston RDC
Wallasey Bridge Road
CH41 1EB


How to book

For initial enquiries or to discuss a potential visit contact our Education Officer, Kirsty Martin, on 0203 567 4200 (calls charged at a local rate) or email Kirsty at:



MRWA also has a selectiction of online educational films. To view them click here.