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Wake County Solid Waste is excited to offer in-person and virtual presentations on waste-related topics for interested groups. Staff are available to present to schools, scout troops, businesses, places of worship and other organizations that operate in Wake County. 

Planning Your Presentation

Our presentations are environmental educator led. Each presentation encourages participants to think about their impact on the local environment, providing them with useful information to be better stewards of the Earth. We currently offer four popular topics to choose from, at no cost. Presentations are intended for groups with at least 10 participants in the targeted age range. Due to the content, targeted ages range from middle school and up. If your group is interested in a presentation, please select a topic from the drop down list below.

Choose a Topic

Waste Reduction

3Rs Waste Management Hierarchy

From most preferred to least preferred, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" in this order, each step is an important part of the Waste Management Hierarchy. This presentation provides a 45-minute overview on how we can all do our part to reduce waste. This presentation provides useful tips to help anyone reduce their waste at home, school or work. Suggested age range 11+.

Recycling Demystified

Recycling Symbol

Should I wash recycling before throwing it in the recycle bin? Should I leave the cap on? Why can't all plastic containers be recycled, if they have a triangle on the bottom? Learn the answers to all these questions, including how to recycle right and how to recycle more. This presentation provides a 45-minute overview on the whats, the whys and the hows of recycling your waste. Suggested age range 11+.

Backyard Composting

Composting Symbol

So, you're already reducing and recycling your waste, and now you're thinking of trying composting, too, but you’re not sure how to start. Composting, put simply, is a process to speed up nature’s way of recycling, that has been taking place on Earth for millions of years. By bringing together the right ingredients in the right recipe, you can make nutrient-rich compost in your own backyard. This presentation provides a 45-minute overview of the basic art and science of backyard composting. Suggested age range 11+.

They Don’t Build Landfills Like They Used To

Trash Disposal Landfill Symbol

The South Wake Landfill disposes of more than 500,000 tons of trash from Wake County residents and businesses each year. This presentation provides a 45-minute overview on how Wake County safeguards the environment and public health by safely disposing of over one million people's garbage; from the planning stages through to post-closure maintenance, residents can learn all about modern-day landfills. Suggested age range 11+.

Activities for Younger Audiences

We are also available to provide activities for younger audiences. If you are interested in activities for younger audiences please email us.


Request A Presentation

If your group would like to request a presentation, select a topic from the above list, complete this presentation request form and email it two weeks in advance. Please allow 48 business hours for a response. Presentations are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. 

Contact Us

Outreach and Education Team