Recycle for Greater Manchester celebrate their 15,000th visitor since opening their first Waste Experience education centre in 2009.
The 15,000th visitor was from Hursthead Junior School, Stockport Year 3 class, who were visiting to see how their recycling is sorted and separated.
Recycle for Greater Manchester have four Waste Experience education centres located in Bury, Bolton, Manchester and Stockport, each showcasing a different technology. Visitors can see first-hand how their waste is recycled, turned into compost and recovered into green energy.
The education centres have attracted visitors from across Greater Manchester including schools, universities and community groups ranging from Cubs to Probus Clubs.
School groups have returned year on year. Helen Walker, primary school teacher at Hursthead Junior School, Stockport said: “This is our third year of visiting the education centres; the tour of the recycling plant really brings the material sorting process to life for the children. They love seeing the giant magnet and the lasers which sort the recycling, though we have to say no when they want to climb the mountain of paper and cardboard! The visit also inspires the children to help their families become better recyclers, with plenty of top tips to remove lids and rinse out bottles.”
Greater Manchester produces 1.1 million tonnes of waste each year. The aim is to achieve at least 50% recycling and 75% diversion from landfill by 2015. Alison Heaton, Education Officer explains: “The purpose of the education centres is to encourage people to see how valuable waste is and how important it is for them to do their part at home and recycle right.“
Recycle for Greater Manchester are running public open days throughout the year, if you are interested in making a visit or would like more information please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01204 374222