Education and Visitor Centre

Do you know you can visit Allerton Waste Recovery Park and find out first-hand what happens to your waste?

We have a dedicated, on-site Education and Visitor Centre and can offer talks and tours to community groups, as well as recycling and waste-themed activities for schools.

We also talk about how we can all work to reduce the amount of waste we generate and we give visitors a chance to make a waste reduction pledge - you can also make your pledge online here

If you want to find out more about what we do, you can check out our video and process diagram on the home page, or take a look at our technology pages. You can also download our factsheet.



Visits are free for schools and allow students to find out what happens to rubbish after they throw it away.

The visits include recycling and waste-related activities, as well as the opportunity to take part in a site tour to view state-of-the-art waste treatment technology. Check out more information here.

Visits are available for students from Key Stage 2, 3 and 4, with session plans and activities ensuring science, geography and citizenship curriculum links.

Visits must be booked in advance and our online diary shows availability (diary link is on the right of this page). Once you have a date in mind for your school visit, please submit the booking form (which can be found in the diary section).

The timing of each session can be tailored to school requirements and we will agree the final content for a visit with the lead teacher. We have a range of Key Stage, 2, 3 and 4 lesson plans, which are available to assist teachers and which will be shared at the point of booking. A sample lesson plan can be viewed here.

We also offer a Community Champion programme for schools and youth clubs - more information here.


Further and higher education

Our centre also welcomes further and higher education students, with talks and tours.

Please check our online calendar for availability (link to the right) and submit the booking form. 


Community groups

Community groups can arrange free visits to Allerton Waste Recovery Park. These take around two hours.

In order to comply with current Covid-19 regulations, the maximum number for group visits is five people.*

Visits include a presentation giving an overview of what we do at Allerton Waste Recovery Park. This is followed by a site tour, where you can see the mechanical treatment hall in operation.

Please check our online calendar (link to the right) for availability and submit the booking form. 

*If your group is smaller than five people, please check out and book onto one of our individual resident sessions via the online calendar.


Individual residents

We also run two monthly sessions for individual residents or smaller groups, which include a presentation and tour (as per community group visits above).

Places must be booked at least 48 hours in advance and we usually hold the sessions on the last Tuesday of every month at 10am and 2pm, although we do organise extra sessions from time to time (so please check out the online calendar for details).

A maximum of 5 people will be allowed on each session, on a first come first served basis.

Please check our online calendar (link to the right) for availability and submit the booking form. 


Further information

We're sorry that we cannot allow drop-in visitors. All visits must be booked in advance. As we are an operational site, this ensures we are able to safely manage our visits.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please get in touch with us at


Downloadable resources

We have a downloadable factsheet, as well as some worksheets designed for schools ad youth groups - you can find these in our Learning Links section.


Getting to our Visitor Centre

You can find directions and some handy tips about parking on site here.


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