Recycling Discovery Centres at Gillmoss and Bidston

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5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Our two Merseyside Discovery Centres in Merseyside enable you to see state-of-the-art recycling in action and delve into the world of waste!

Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Design and Technology | Environmental Studies | Mathematics | Science | Ecological Recycle & Waste Centres | Environment Centres | Ecology & Green Awareness

What we offer

Veolia is dedicated to changing perceptions of waste within Merseyside. Our FREE waste education programme aims to raise awareness of waste solutions and promote action to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The two Recycling Discovery Centres (RDCs), in Bidston-Wirral and Gillmoss-Liverpool offer an interactive experience which uses the very latest technology to inspire and educate all schools and community groups. Visitors can discover what happens to their waste, and experience the recovery process of recycling from our extensive viewing platform and live CCTV.


We have two Recycling Discovery Centres in Merseyside:

Gillmoss RDC

Bridgehouse Lane, Liverpool, L10 5Ha

Bidston RDC

Wallasey Bridge Road, Birkenhead, CH41 1EB

We are not a rubbish trip!

What makes us a great choice?

Merseyside's two Recycling Discovery Centres, Bidston (Wirral) and Gillmoss (Liverpool), offer an interactive education experience to all EYFS, KS1-4, Further Education and Higher Education Groups. Through our free education programme you will see state-of-the-art recycling in action and delve into the world of waste!

Veolia is dedicated to changing perceptions of waste within Merseyside. By considering why wasting things does matter and identifying actions to reduce, reuse and recycle, your group will go home more knowledgeable about their impact upon the environment and be inspired to make a difference.

All sessions are led by a qualified teacher and are customised to suit the needs and learning requirements of the group. All will include links to the National Curriculum.

Our sessions last up to two hours (longer sessions available on request) and are a mix of guided group work, discussion, hands on activities and exploration.

Our purpose built, visually stimulating classrooms are fully accessible.

Visitors to Gillmoss will also get a birds? eye view of the technology used to sort and separate the recycling collected from the home. It really is the science behind our waste!

The Recycling Discovery Centre staff are STEM Ambassadors and Veolia are members of the Business Class programme managed by Business in the Community.

We actively work with schools and groups to tailor the visit to their needs. Whether it's an introduction to recycling, an in-depth science lesson or guidance for an eco-council, we provide a fun and educational visit for all. There are endless cross-curricular links which are explored with the group during visits.

As the Recycling Discovery Centres are located in working industrial buildings we have access to the wider aspects of a waste and recycling business both from an operational and business point of view. So why not use us to deliver a session on:

Preparing for the World of Work;
Health and Safety in the Work Place;
Resource Depletion and The Circular Economy;
Management Decisions in the Work Place;
Where there's Muck there's Maths - how problem solving is used every day;
The Built Environment - the role design and architecture has on a location.

Free on site parking for minibuses and coaches.

Accreditation and Awards

The Centres have been accredited by Learning Outside the Classroom for the range of interactive activities available and the opportunities for learning through play?.

Group Sizes Catered For

Minimum group size is 3; maximum is 30 pupils (20 at Bidston)

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

The Recycling Discovery Centres have a selection of resources to take away written by the Education Team.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Yes, we encourage schools to take photos on the day.

Risk Assessment Details

Pre-visits are accommodated on request and are encouraged and can be booked via email or phone.

When you are ready to book your school or group in, just complete our online booking form. On receipt we will confirm the visit and send out a Risk Assessment for the group including Safe Visit Procedures and Indemnity Form.

Education Officer Information

Kirsty Martin, Education Officer:

Tel: 0203 567 4228

Pricing Information

Visits to the Recycling Discovery Centres are free of charge.

Clothing Requirements

We do not require children to wear any specific clothing for our visits.

First Aid Information

We have a qualified first aider on site.

Available Facilities

Where a group has requested a full day session, pupils can bring their packed lunch and eat in our classroom. There are no other facilities on site.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

The Recycling Discovery Centres are fully accessible and cater for visitors with cognitive, sensory and mobility impairments.

Opening Hours & Information

We operate standard business hours of 9-5pm. Monday - Friday

Morning sessions are usually between 10am - 12am

Afternoon sessions are usually between 1pm - 3pm

These session times are as a guide: we can be flexible over the timings of visits in order to suit your requirements.

After-school and twilight sessions are available on request.


Great communication via email prior to visit. Great use of resources and gave the children an insight into the recycling industry. Wonderful experience and would recommend other schools to tap into this facility - Year 5 Teacher, Northwood Primary School, Knowsley. Comment received 21/11/15

Amazing visit. Kirsty Martin was fantastic and dealt with our visually impaired children brilliantly. They thoroughly enjoyed the visit and learnt so much. The children were fully engaged as demonstrated by continuous questions. The children were made to feel at ease by Kirsty and this is so important with VI children. The visit was fully adapted to their needs and Kirsty had even gone to the trouble to make tactile resources for VI children which was wonderful to see. Our children were made to feel so welcome. Thank you - St Vincent's School, Liverpool. Comment received 3/12/15.

Thank you Kirsty. The session was very interactive and informative. Children were excited to walk through the 'doors of wonder'. You explained the process very well and at their level - Year 2 Teacher, Freshfield Primary School, Sefton. Comment received: 31/1/16

Excellent visit enjoyed by children and staff. Very informative and activities varied to keep the interest of the class. Loved the classroom activities. Kirsty was a brilliant deliverer of the session and knew just how to engage the children and keep them interested - Year 4 Teacher, Whitefield Primary School, Liverpool. Comment received 11/1/16

The visit was overall outstanding. Kirsty works very hard to deliver specific presentations which fit in with the needs of the specification and with the interests of students. She is knowledgeable and approachable and makes you look forward to the next visit. Thanks again. - A Level Business Studies Tutor, St Helens College. Comment received 5/2/16.

In response to the question can you tell me three facts your have learned today, a Year 3 pupil from Liverpool replied in January: I can?t remember any as all the fun has pushed the facts away!

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