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July 10
​What happens to your trash after it leaves the curb?

Find out on a tour of the South Wake Landfill

Wake County residents generate an average of five pounds of trash per person, per day. But trash still has a long journey once it leaves the curb. Wake County’s Solid Waste Management Division invites residents to take a free tour of the South Wake Landfill in Apex to learn what happens to their garbage and how to reduce the amount of waste that goes in the county’s landfill.  

Tours of the 700-acre facility are currently scheduled from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on the following dates for the rest of the year: 

  • Wednesday, Dec. 5

The South Wake Landfill is the destination for most trash collected in the county, as well as garbage collected at Wake County’s many waste drop-off facilities. Approximately 400,000 tons of garbage are disposed of at the landfill each year. The total amount has increased between two and three percent each year for the past five years.  

During the tours, participants tour the site in a bus while learning what items should not be put in the trash, how to increase recycling and how to reduce waste at home. Participants will also learn how the landfill gas program is turning trash into energy. 

Tours are open to Wake County residents 8 years of age and older. Online registration is required, as seats are limited. To register or learn more, visit our website.

About the Wake County Solid Waste Management Division
The Wake County Solid Waste Management Division provides waste disposal and recycling services to residents and businesses in Wake County. The division manages 19 waste facilities including a landfill, waste transfer station, residential waste and recycling convenience centers, household hazardous waste and multi-material recycling drop-off facilities. To learn more, visit wakegov.com/recycling.


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