Landfill Tours

Landfill Tour Program

Have you ever wondered what happens to your trash when it leaves the curb? Collection day is the first day in a long life for your trash. Join staff on a FREE tour of the South Wake Landfill to find out how Wake County Waste Management Division safeguards the environment and public health by safely disposing of over 1.1 million people's garbage. On the tour, you will also learn:

  • How Wake County is using household trash to make energy
  • Where you can recycle additional items, not picked up at the curb
  • Where to dispose of harmful household items safely
  • How to reduce waste at home, school or work
     

Virtual Tours

South Wake Landfill

Tour the South Wake Landfill via drone, from the comfort of your own couch. Our virtual landfill tour is environmental educator led and lasts 45 minutes. Virtual tours use Microsoft Teams to meet. If your organization hosts its own online meetings, we will join other online platforms, such as Zoom, Google Meets, etc.

Virtual landfill tours are intended for groups that operate within Wake County, with at least 10 participants in the targeted age range of 8 years or older. Virtual tours can be requested Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Participants will need internet access and a computer, tablet or smart phone to join the virtual tour. To request a virtual tour, complete this request form and email it to the contact information below.

Private Group Tours

Private Group Tour of Landfill
Dell Technologies taking a private group tour

Your group will be accompanied by an environmental educator on a riding tour of South Wake Solid Waste Management Facilities in Apex. Group tours last 60 minutes and are available by request to all organizations that operate within Wake County.

A minimum of 10 participants are required to schedule a group tour. Participants must be aged 8 years or older by the date of the tour. Group tours can be requested Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. To request a tour for your group, complete this request form and email it to the contact information below.

Please Note: Group transportation is required to take a private group tour. Personal vehicle convoys are not permitted past landfill gates for safety reasons. Group transportation is available at no charge, for up to 14 passengers. If your group is larger, you must arrange group transportation at own expense.

Public Tours

Public Landfill Tour
Public Tours

You will be accompanied by an environmental educator on a riding tour of South Wake Solid Waste Management Facilities in Apex. Public tours last 60 minutes. To register for a public landfill tour click on a date below:

Please Note: Participants must be age 8 years or older by the date of the tour. Seating is limited and prioritized for Wake County residents.

Testimonial

"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, Raleigh.

Contact Us

Program Coordinator: Sara Davarbakhsh

Email: sara.davarbakhsh@wakegov.com