Landfill Tours

COVID-19 Update

Virtual landfill tours and private group tours are available upon request. Public tours are expected to resume in 2022. Subject to change.

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

2022 NC Science Festival Tours

Kelvin from NC Science Festival
Kelvin from NC Science Festival

Date: Friday, April 22, 2022

Time(s): 9:30 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm

Description: Join Kelvin from the NC Science Festival, on an in-person tour of the South Wake Landfill and learn how science, engineering and technology are fundamental to the sustainable management of our growing waste problem! Participants must be age 8 years or older by the date of the tour. Seating is limited and will be prioritized for Wake County residents.

Register: Click here to register (link will go live when 2022 NC Science Festival calendar publishes). 

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 last 45 minutes. Virtual tours use Microsoft Teams to meet. If your organization hosts their own online meetings, we will join other online platforms, such as Zoom, Google Meets...  

Virtual landfill tours are intended for groups that operate within Wake County, NC with at least ten participants in the targeted age range of eight 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, NC. Group tours last 60 minutes and are available by request to all organizations that operate within Wake County, NC. 

A minimum of ten participants are required to schedule a group tour. Participants must be aged eight 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

Public tours are expected to resume in 2022, subject to change. When public tour dates become available they will be posted here, along with links to register. 

Please Note: Participants must be age 8 years or older by the date of the tour. Seating is limited and will be 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, NC. 

Contact Us

Program Coordinator: Sara Davarbakhsh

Email: [email protected]