Until we can meet in person, Wake County Solid Waste is excited to offer virtual presentations on waste-related topics for interested groups. Staff are available to meet online with schools, scout troops, businesses, places of worship and other organizations that operate in Wake County. Learn how to recycle right or compost from the safety and comfort of your own home.

Planning Your Virtual Presentation

Our virtual presentations are live and environmental educator led. Each presentation lasts 45 minutes and encourages participants to think about their impact on the environment, providing them with useful information to be better stewards of the earth. We are currently offering four of our popular community presentations to choose from, at no cost. These virtual presentations are intended for groups with at least 10 participants in the targeted age range.

Our virtual programs use Microsoft Teams to meet; however, we will join other online platforms (e.g., Zoom, Google Meets), if hosted by the organization requesting the presentation and an adult facilitator is present to lend a hand with any technical difficulties. Participants will need internet access and a computer, tablet or phone to join the virtual presentation.

Listed below are the presentation topics available. Due to the format of each presentation, targeted ages range from middle school and up. If your group is interested in a presentation, please select a topic from the following list:

Waste Reduction

From most preferred to least preferred, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" in this order, each step is an important part of the Waste Management Hierarchy. This presentation provides a 45-minute overview on how we can all do our part to reduce waste. This presentation provides useful tips to help anyone reduce their waste at home, school or work. Suggested age range 11+.

Recycling Demystified

Should I wash recycling before throwing it in the recycle bin? Should I leave the cap on? Why can't all plastic containers be recycled, if they have a triangle on the bottom? Learn the answers to all these questions, including how to recycle right and how to recycle more. This presentation provides a 45-minute overview on the whats, the whys and the hows of recycling your waste. Suggested age range 11+.

Backyard Composting

So, you're already reducing and recycling your waste, and now you're thinking of trying composting, too, but you’re not sure how to start. Composting, put simply, is a process to speed up nature’s way of recycling, that has been taking place on Earth for millions of years. By bringing together the right ingredients in the right recipe, you can make nutrient-rich compost in your own backyard. This presentation provides a 45-minute overview of the basic art and science of backyard composting. Suggested age range 11+.

They Don’t Build Landfills Like They Used To

The South Wake Landfill disposes of more than 500,000 tons of trash from Wake County residents and businesses each year. This presentation provides a 45-minute overview on how Wake County safeguards the environment and public health by safely disposing of over one million people's garbage; from the planning stages through to post-closure maintenance, residents can learn all about modern-day landfills. Suggested age range 11+.

If your group would like to request a virtual presentation, please select a topic from the above list and email your request to recycling@wakegov.com. Please allow 48 business hours for a response. Virtual presentations are available Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–4 p.m.