Site visits

The tours give you a chance to take a look behind the scenes at the facility which is revolutionising the way we deal with leftover household waste in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.

The visits are organised to show members of the public what happens to the quarter of a million tonnes of waste they throw away each year. Instead of being sent to landfill, it is processed and turned into useful resources including low carbon electricity.

If you are a group of five or fewer, please see below to find out how to book on to a public tour. If you are a group of 6-12, please contact us to arrange a tour specifically for your group.

BDR Waste Treatment Facility in Manvers

What is involved in a tour?

Tours of the BDR Waste Treatment Facility are run regularly throughout the year. The tour session lasts approximately two hours and begins with a presentation about the facility, its construction, purpose, and location, how the facility processes waste and issues that have been encountered and the solutions put in place.

This is followed by a safety induction and a tour of the facility.

When booking we require your shoe and jacket size to ensure that we can provide suitable safety clothing that must be worn throughout the tour, including safety boots, hi-vis jacket or vest, gloves, hard hat, and safety glasses. This Personal Protective Equipment will be provided for your use and must be returned at the end of the tour.

When do the tours run?

Tours run regularly throughout the year. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The tour dates for 24/25 are as follows:

  • Tuesday 28th May
  • Tuesday 18th June
  • Tuesday 20th August
  • Tuesday 15th October
  • Tuesday 17th December
  • Tuesday 18th February

On each date, there will be 2 tours starting at 2pm and 6pm.

If you have a group of 6 – 12 and would like to book a tour specifically for your group, please contact us.

Inside the control room at the BDR Waste Treatment Facility

Who can come on a tour of the BDR Waste Treatment facility?

Site tours are open to anybody over the age of 18, we are not able to include minors on site tours for insurance reasons. If you have a mobility, sensory, audio, or visual disability please contact us to discuss how we can adapt a site tour to ensure your comfort and inclusion.

The tour of the facility includes a walk of around 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) and although lifts are available in some locations the tour includes several steps and can be loud in some places.

How do I book a tour?

To book a place on a tour please fill in the form below.

Once we have these details, we will contact you to confirm your booking.

If you have any questions about the tour or want to arrange a tour specifically for your group, please contact:

Rebecca Wilson (Assistant Community Education Liaison Officer)


Telephone: 01709 765350.