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Learn How to Help Wake County Reduce Waste

South Wake Landfill tours this fall

As Wake County grows, so does the amount of trash it produces. Wake County's Solid Waste Management Division invites residents to take a free tour of the South Wake Landfill this fall to learn how to reduce the amount of garbage that goes in county landfills.

Last year, residents disposed of 437,000 tons of household waste at the South Wake Landfill in Apex. That's up from 419,000 tons the previous year. Wake County residents generate an average of five pounds of trash per person, per day.

Tours are currently scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15:
    9:30–10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–noon

  • Saturday, Dec. 3:
    9:30–10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–noon

During the tours, residents will also learn about items that can harm the environment if put in the trash, where items can be recycled and how the landfill gas program is turning trash into energy.

More than 550 residents toured the landfill last year, and the program received a 2016 National Association of Counties Achievement Award. Nearly 90 percent of surveyed attendees said they would take actions to reduce their waste after the tour.

Tours are open to Wake County residents, 8 years of age and older. Online registration is required, as seats are limited. Tours last approximately one hour, and participants are required to ride in a multi-passenger vehicle around the 700-acre facility. To register or learn more, visit the Wake County Solid Waste Management Division website.





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