The field trips below are for school or education groups only and are scheduled during normal school hours. Tour lengths are flexible to accommodate school needs, but we recommend no longer than one hour for young students. There is no cost for these field trips; however, groups MUST provide their own transportation to the field trip location. Group size for each field trip is specified below.
Wake County South Wake Landfill Tour (read the flier)
(For grades 4–12 and college groups)
Length of Tour: Approximately one hour
Tours Scheduled: Monday–Friday only, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Group Size Limitations: One group or bus load at a time (group minimum = 15)
Tour Highlights: View a closed and active working landfill; learn about landfill design and waste management; view multi-material recycling collection areas; see creation of electricity from landfill gas ("waste-to-energy")
Sonoco Recycling Center (MRF) (read the flier)
(For grades 1–12; Feed the Bin Program schools only)
Length of Tour: approximately 45 minutes to one hour
Tours Scheduled: Tuesday–Friday only, anytime between 8 a.m.–3 p.m. (no tours between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.)
Group Size Limitations:
Elementary grades – Minimum: 15 students; Maximum for one class: about 32
Middle/High grades- Minimum: 15 students; Maximum: 45
Tour Highlights: Watch sorting of curbside collected materials being sorted using various technologies and prepared for shipping to manufacturers for raw feed stock to make new products. [Note: This is not a walking tour, for safety purposes, but a live camera feed of the facility's technology and processing.]