Wake County Solid Waste staff offer free tours of the South Wake Landfill and Sonoco's Recycling Facility.

South Wake Landfill Tours

Have you ever wondered when you leave your garbage at the curbside what happens to it? Collection day is just the first day in a long journey for your garbage. Join us on a tour of an active landfill to find out where it all ends up. Tours last 60 minutes and participants are expected to be able to board a multi-passenger bus.  Download the tour map here.

You will also be given the opportunity to learn where you can recycle additional household items too large to leave at the curb, what common items are harmful to the environment if placed in the trash, where to dispose of hazardous items safely, and how we're turning household garbage into energy.

"Since taking a tour of Wake County waste facilities and the landfill I've become more knowledgeable and environmentally conscious about my consuming habits"
- Kenice, City of Raleigh.

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No tours are currently scheduled. The South Wake Landfill is under construction. Tours will continue after construction is complete. Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2018.  


Location: South Wake Solid Waste Management Facilities, 6160 Old Smithfield Road, Apex, NC 27539
Waivers: All tour participants are required to read and electronically sign a waiver during online registration. Participants under 18 will need their waiver signed by a parent/legal guardian.

Registration: Online registration is required to take a tour. Tours are prioritized for Wake County residents. Tour participants must be aged 8 years or older by the date of the tour, no exceptions. A chaperone is required for participants under the age of 16. Register here for an upcoming landfill tour. 

Groups: Group tours are available on request. A minimum of five participants per group is required. Group tours are prioritized for those who operate in Wake County. Participants must be aged 8 years or older. A chaperone is required for participants under the age of 16. To request a group tour email Sara Davarbakhsh or call 919-856-7412. 

Note: In the event of inclement weather (including heavy rains on the day of or leading up to) tours may be cancelled.  

For more information on landfill tours email: Sara Davarbakhsh or call: 919-856-7412.