Wake County offers a series of presentations on waste and recycling. Staff are available to speak to neighborhood associations, civic, environmental and religious groups, homeschools, community colleges, businesses, private schools, scout troops, and all other clubs and community based organizations in Wake County. Wake County Public Schools, view presentation information here.

Listed below are the presentations available. The content of the presentations can be adjusted to meet the learning needs of various audiences. Due to the technical nature of each presentation suggested ages range from eight years and up. If your audience is younger please contact us. If your group is interested in a presentation, please select a topic from the following list, and complete the presentation request form below:

Wake County Solid Waste Management Division (30 mins)



Wake County’s Solid Waste Management Division manages the safe disposal of one millions people's trash, as well as 19 waste and recycling facilities. They also coordinate a number of award winning environmental educational programs. Last year the Solid Waste Management Division landfilled approximately 469,000 tons of garbage, recycled over 37,000 tons of materials and generated enough electricity using landfill gas to power as many as 12,000 homes. This slideshow presentation provides a 30-minute overview of the waste facilities, programs and services available for FREE to all Wake County residents.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (30 mins)

From most preferred to least preferred, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," in that order, each process forms an important part of the most effective way we know to minimize the waste we generate. Fact: According to our data the average Wake County resident throws away 5 lbs. of trash every day!

This slideshow presentation provides a 30-minute overview on how we can all do our part to help lower that number. With a quiz to test your knowledge and the chance to win some waste reduction prizes, presentation provides up to 20 useful tips to help residents "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" more of their waste.

The Journey of Trash (30 mins)

Have you ever wondered what happens to your trash when you leave your cart at the curb? Hint: It doesn't just disappear, but many of us never give it a second thought. Collection day is just the first day in a long journey for our waste.

Some of the waste we make today will remain in existence long after of our legacies have faded from our great-, great-, great-grandchildren’s memories. This slideshow presentation provides a 30-minute overview of what happens to our trash after we've rolled our carts to the curb.

They Don’t Build Landfills Like They Used To (30 mins)

The South Wake Landfill is the only active Municipal Solid Waste Landfill left in Wake County. It disposes of approx. 450,000+ tons of trash from Wake County residents and businesses each year and is expected to last until 2045. When full, it will have a footprint of approx. 179 acres and reach an elevation of 520 ft. above sea level.

This slideshow presentation provides a 30-minute overview of how Wake County safeguards the environment and public health by safely disposing of one million people's trash, from the planning stages though to post-closure maintenance, residents can learn all about how modern day landfills are built.

Recycling Demystified (30 mins)

Should I wash recycling before throwing it in the recycle bin? Why can't all plastic containers be recycled if they have a number on the bottom? What happens to my recycling after it gets collected? Learn the answers to all these questions, including how to recycle right and how to recycle more. This slideshow presentation provides a 30-minute overview on the what's, the why's and the how's of recycling your waste.

Composting & Vermicomposting 101  (30 mins) 

So you've already reduced, reused and recycled your waste, and now you're thinking of trying composting, but you’re not sure where or even how to start. Composting and vermicomposting are simply ways to enhance and speed up two naturally occurring processes that have been taking place for millions of years. Composting is natures way of recycling. By bringing together the right ingredients in the right recipe you can make nutrient-rich compost and vermicompost "worm castings" in as little as four months.

While worm bins require slightly more care than compost bins, earthworms can produce a product far richer than compost, often referred to as "black gold." Worm bins can be kept indoors and year-round, making it a preferred choice for apartment dwellers or office workers. Learn the basics of both backyard composting and vermicomposting in this slideshow presentation.

If your community group is interested in a presentation, please complete this request form two weeks in advance of your requested date. Please allow up to 48 business hours for a response.

For more information about community presentations email Sara Davarbakhsh, Community Outreach Coordinator or call 919-856-7412.