A visit to EnviroSort is completely free and we might even be able to support transport costs.
We are an operational facility, sorting household recycling collected from across Worcestershire and Herefordshire. There is a platform, inside the plant, overlooking the Materials Reclamation Facility (MRF) and we have an Education Room which is used for classroom activities.
The plant operates within a closed environment and noise is kept to a minimum. The viewing platform can sometimes be noisy but hearing protection will be made available should you require it.. Even though we are a ‘waste facility’ we process clean, dry recyclables which means that there is no offensive odour.
The visitors entrance is sited away from the operational area, with the coach parking being the nearest to the entrance. The operational team have a separate entrance, the visitors entrance is used by visitors and a small office team. Entrance to the building is via secured doors — with key fob access to the admin block where the Education Room is sited available to specific individuals only.
Most visits will begin with an introduction to how the MRF works and a basic safety induction. We will then go and see the MRF from the viewing platform and complete activities in the classroom.
Children are supervised by their teachers, and the ratios set out by the Department for Education should always adhered to, or exceeded.
In Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Year 3 - 1 adult to 6 children.
In Key Stage 2 (KS2) Years 4, 5 and 6 - 1 adult to 15 children.
In Key Stage 3, 4, 5 (KS3/4/5) Years 7 onwards - 1 adult to 15 children.
There must always be a minimum of two staff present. Plus additional support staff as needed. (Visit numbers must not exceed 35 to include both pupils and staff.)
We don’t have any catering facilities on site at EnviroSort.
Visits last for around two hours and are generally arranged during the morning or the afternoon to avoid lunchtimes.
We provide tea/coffee for school staff and for adult visitor groups.
Children are encouraged to bring their water bottles and a snack if required.
The Education Room doesn’t have its own water supply so we are unable to fill drinks bottles.
There isn’t a shop on site so groups shouldn’t bring any spending money with them.
There’s no need to wear anything special – we do not enter any areas requiring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). However, please make sure that your group is wearing sensible shoes (no heels, no sandals).
We can accommodate up to around 30 pupils per visit (if your group is greater than this please contact our Education Officer to discuss alternative options).
We can accommodate a wheelchair user as we have a lift that can access all floors and the viewing platform. We can accommodate one wheelchair user per visit to ensure safe evacuation if required.
Yes, we have a number of bays immediately outside the building for coaches and minibuses.