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Landfill and composting facility tour for schools

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**Bookings for the 2017/2018 school year are now full.

Tour lottery for 2018/19 school year

Call 311 to enter your Grade 4 - 7 classes in a lottery for the chance to attend a landfill and composting facility tour. You can call 311 to enter the draw at anytime.

Waste & Recycling Services will randomly select schools for the Fall and Spring sessions. If your school is not selected for a Fall tour, you will continue to be eligible for the Spring lottery as well.

If your group is selected, you will be contacted during the week following the draw.


​Fall 2018 tours (September - November) ​Spring 2019 tours (April - June)​
​ Draw on June 1, 2018 ​ Draw on September 15, 2018

For Grade 8 - 12 programming, please call 311 to make a request.

Tour description

This might be the field trip of the year! Waste educators will lead students through an interactive exploration of how we can all make a difference when it comes to what we throw away. Participants will get a peek inside Calgary's new compost facility from the vantage point of a viewing gallery and participate in activities that highlight the 3 R's.

The bus tour of the Shepard Waste Management Facility (landfill) is geared to demonstrate how The City of Calgary safely and responsibly manages Calgary's garbage and why our waste diversion programs are so important in reducing the amount of garbage that ends up in the landfill.

We will cover topics such as:

  • How to use City programs like Blue Cart and Green Cart.
  • Composting: what it takes to make it happen on a city-wide scale and why it's better to turn food and yard waste into a rich, valuable soil rather than taking up space in the landfill.
  • Waste reduction and how we can strive for a personal best
  • How to reduce food waste through the lens of our lunches.
  • How a landfill cell is constructed and operates.
  • City of Calgary waste diversion programs

Landfill and compost facility tour details

  • Grades: 4 - 7
  • Curriculum: Targets the Grade 4 Waste and our World unit.
  • Program length: 3 hours. Includes a 90-minute landfill tour and a 90-minute composting facility visit.
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Bring your lunch!
  • Class size: Up to 2 classes (max. 30 students per class) can be booked for the same day.
  • Cost: No charge for tours, but schools must provide their own bus transportation.
  • Location: The tour will start at the new composting facility at the Shepard Waste Management Facility (11920 68 St SE).
  • Bookings: Call 311 to enter the lottery.

More educational opportunities

For more school and education opportunities, including presentations and resources about waste, recycling and composting, please visit Waste and Recycling Education Resources.​​​​​​