School trip to Allerton Waste Recovery Park
Allerton Waste Recovery Park brings together state-of-the-art technologies to make the most of rubbish from homes in York and North Yorkshire.
It has been open since March 2018 and is operated by Amey on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council.
This new facility is reducing the amount of household waste going to landfill in the county by 90%. Diverting this waste away from landfill means we can use it to generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 40,000 homes.
Learn about what happens to your household waste – and how they are using it to create energy!
Their on-site Education and Visitor Centre offers talks, tours and activities for schools.
Hear about what they do, take part in discussions and participate in waste-themed games and activities. We can all do our bit to help the environment and here at Allerton Waste Recovery Park they encourage everyone to think about reducing, reusing and recycling their waste. In addition to site visits, they offer a three-step Community Champions programme, see theirwebsite for further details.
They were the first waste facility in the UK to combine three technologies on-site:
Anaerobic digestion; Mechanical treatment; and, energy from waste.
A tour of the plant is included in each visit (age 7+) – you’ll wear your hi vis vest and will get a close up look at their waste sorting technology and control room.
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.
Visits are available for students from Key Stage 2, 3 and 4, with session plans and activities ensuring science, geography and citizenship curriculum links.