Our Waste Reduction Education Team offers several opportunities for teachers, organizations, and individuals to learn about recycling and waste reduction.
We can tailor a presentation to fit the needs of your group -- 3rd grade and up -- at our location or yours.
School lessons and presentations are available for students from 3rd grade through college, and can focus on a variety of topics:
Radical Waste Reduction
Above Ground Mining
How a Landfill Works
What Happens to Your Recycling?
Economics of Waste
Technology and Hazardous Waste
Lessons can be adapted to focus on a particular school subject or curriculum standard, making recycling education easy and accessible for interested teachers.
Field Trip Tours
*Tours of Republic Services, Greensboro's Recycling Center will NOT occur February, 1st through June 1st due to renovations. These dates are subject to change please contact waste reduction staff with questions.*
What happens to your trash & recycling once they leave your home?
Find out when you visit the Transfer Station, Landfill, and/or Recycling Center for a presentation, activities, and a view of waste management operations, and more. Presentations may last from 30 minutes or longer, depending on the needs and interests of your group.
Everyone age 8 and up may tour our waste management sites. You must be 18 or older to tour the behind the scenes at the Recycling facility.
Recycling Education in Schools
Recycling is part of the NC core curriculum. By teaching children about the recycling process early, recycling can become a life value. Additionally, when we teach children, we also reach adults - parents, teachers, and other members of the community.
The City of Greensboro's recycling education program is hands-on and teaches people of all ages about the importance of recycling, waste reduction, what is recyclable in Greensboro, what happens to recyclables when they leave your home, and much more. Learn more, or request a program in your classroom for students 3rd grade and up.
Landfill and Transfer Station Tours
What happens to the waste that doesn't get recycled? We also conduct tours of the City's White Street Landfill and Solid Waste Transfer Station.
Groups must have at least 10 participants. Fill out our program request form to schedule your tour today.
Home School Groups, Families, and Individuals
You don't have 10 participants? No problem!
Visit the City’s Online Calendar to see dates, times and locations. Registration Required. Tours are subject to be canceled due to weather, amount of participants, and unforeseen circumstances.
Registration Required. Space is limited.
Tours begin at different locations depending on the tour. Please register for details (Participants will receive an email notification with details of the tour after noon on the business day before the tour, please confirm that you are still attending). Families are encouraged to participate in the entire tour, but may leave early. Due to the variability of time we may have to spend at each facility, groups may not join up with tours. Tour times vary throughout the day and week. We encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated and hand sanitizer.