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Has your school visited our Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) yet?

Posted on 22 January 2016

A Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is where recyclable material collected from your household is sorted into different products (e.g. plastics types, paper and cardboard grades, steel and aluminum metal cans and aerosols and glass). We do this using a mixture of manual and automated technologies (e.g. optical sort, imploders and ballistic separation). The final graded products are then sold to the manufacturing industry where they are used to create new things (e.g. newspapers, planes and duvets!).

We had a visit from Ferring Church of England Primary School "Green & Friendlies" today to see first-hand what happens to the items they put in their recycling bins! The feedback from the visit was positive: “Fantastic visit! Very informative, friendly and helpful”.

Each tour lasts approximately 2 hours and is aimed at visitors aged 7 years and above. The visit includes a short presentation, 2 in-class activities, a video of the machinery in action, a walk to the viewing platform and an opportunity to design a reusable bag.

 School tours are fun, educational, and free to all West Sussex Schools. We aim to engage, and inform children about recycling, environmental impacts and clarify which materials go into their recycling bin.

We recognize that educating and involving children about the importance of looking after their world, will lead to them creating a sustainable future. For more information on visiting the MRF, please visit