Recycling and waste plant tours

Free waste and food recycling plant tours

Join us on one of our free waste and food recycling plant tours to find out what happens to your leftover food and rubbish. Please note that our tours are open to Oxford City residents only and booking is essential.

Our tours depart from Marsh Road Depot (Cowley, OX4 2HH) and we provide free transport to each of the sites in our minibus. 

As the plants are operational, only children aged 8 and over can visit our rubbish plant and only children aged 10 and over can visit our food plant. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Personal protective equipment will be provided on the day and appropriate clothing must be worn (i.e., sturdy, closed-toe footwear; covered arms and legs). Please advise us of any mobility or health issues that may be affected during your visit.

Request a space

New tours are regularly arranged. Email us to book your spaces (see the lsit of tours with available spaces below):

Email us to book your space

Alternatively email us at [email protected] if you can't use the link above.

You will be asked to provide some details, including an emergency contact name and phone number. The times shown below are a guideline and exact timings are subject to change due to tour length and traffic conditions; the return time is the latest time we expect to return to Marsh Road Depot.

Note: if you are unable to attend, please let us know within 48 hours prior to the tour. If you book a spot on one of our tours and fail to show up on the day, you will be declined the opportunity to attend any future tours.


Approx. Timings


Tuesday 24 September 2019

9:45am - 2:30pm

Rubbish - Recycle Week Special

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Morning and early afternoon - exact times TBC

Rubbish - Recycle Week Special

Friday 27 September 2019

Morning and early afternoon - exact times TBC

Food - Recycle Week Special

Wednesday 30 October 2019

9:45am – 1:30pm


Thursday 16 January 2020

9:45am – 1:30pm


Wednesday 18 March 2020

9:30am - 1:00pm



Please note: we're no longer able to offer tours to a recycling sorting plant.

The facility that we take our recycling to in Kent is not set up to facilitate visitors and the facility that we previously visited in Milton Keynes no longer offers tours to residents who live outside of their area. If in the future we are available to visit a recycling sorting plant and you would like to be informed, please email us to add you to a contact list.

Email us to join the contact list