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

South Wake Landfill Tours

Have you ever wondered what happens to your trash when it leaves the curb? Collection day is just the first day in a long journey for your trash. 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.  

On the tour, you will also 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 harmful household items safely, and how Wake County is turning household trash 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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Location: South Wake Solid Waste Management Facilities, 6025 Old Smithfield Road, Apex, NC 27539. Due to on-going construction at the landfill the tour bus will meet off-site during summer/fall. Check "registration notification" email for meeting point location.

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. 

IMG_0572.JPGRegistration: 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 public landfill tour. 

Private Tours: Private tours for are available for groups upon request. A minimum of five participants per group is required. A maximum of 14 participants per group can be accommodated. Private tours can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Group tours are prioritized for those who operate in Wake County. Participants must be aged 8 years or older, no exceptions. A chaperone is required for participants under the age of 16. To request a private 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.