Education Centre

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Education Centre at South Kirkby Facility

Renewi and Wakefield Council opened a new purpose built Waste Education and Recycling Education Centre from January 2016! The education centre is based at our state of the art waste facility in South Kirkby. Click here for google maps location. The centre introduces you to the wonderful world of waste and recycling through interactive exhibits which explore the types of waste generated in Wakefield and the journey that waste takes from entering our facilities to it's new destination. Did you know that your aluminium cans could potentially end up in an aeroplane?

The education centre is free to visit and will be open to the public for general viewing. To make the most out of your visit however why not arrange a bespoke visit with some interactive and engaging workshops which demonstrate the importance of the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle). Workshops are always fun but informative. To give you an idea, you might like to get your hands dirty in our wormery and composting area, go on a nature tour with our qualified Forest School Practitioner or maybe junk re-use crafting is more to your taste?


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Primary School Visits

A unique programme has been designed specifically for Primary Schools, tailored specifically for each year group from year 1-6. The programme has been planned around the National Curriculum and covers a wide range of curriculum areas, particularly english, science, maths, geography and art and design. Please find a flyer attached below for more information. You can also find a document entitled "Primary School Programme Photos" which showcases a range of photos taken on school visits to the centre which might give you a flavour of what you can expect. 

The education centre offers a much broader range of activities than we can offer on our outreach programme due to our dedicated facilities on the site. Not only is there an opportunity to learn about waste but we have our very own outdoor learning environment for scavenger hunting, forest walks and Forest School esque activities - our education manager has Level 3 Forest Schools Accreditation. After all, waste destroys habitats and extracts natural resources so we believe that it is important for children to gain a holistic view of the importance of the 3Rs.

Secondary School and College Visits

Secondary schools and colleges are welcome to the centre for bespoke visits which meet your aims and objectives. Our Education Team can develop something in line with the National Curriculum or to meet specific programme requirements. Simply get in touch using the contact details below. 

Community Group Visits

Community groups are particularly welcome for bespoke workshops, simply get in touch with our Education Team who will develop something specifically for your needs. Children, young people and adult groups are equally welcome. Alternatively complete a booking form attached below to express your interest.

For more information, please contact our Education Team either by email or on one of the telephone numbers listed below. 


Tel: 01977 624 678

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