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Landfill and composting facility tour for schools

Waste & Recycling Services randomly selects schools for each session. If your group is selected for a tour you will be contacted following the draw. If your school was not selected for a fall tour you will be automatically entered in the lottery for a spring tour.

Grades 4 - 7: Enter the lottery all year round
Call 311 to enter your Grade 4 - 7 class for the chance to attend a landfill and composting facility tour.

• 1st Deadline June 1 - Fall Tour Session draw (Sept. - Nov.)
• 2nd Deadline September 15 - Spring Tour Session draw (April - June)

Grades 8 - 12: Call 311 to make a request.

City of Calgary landfill


Tour Description

Bird in Field

Grades: 4 - 7
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Bring your lunch!
Curriculum: Targets the Grade 4 Waste and our World unit.
Program length: 3 hours total (90-minute landfill bus tour/ 90-minute classroom).
Class size: Up to 2 classes (max. 30 students per class) per day.
Cost: No cost for tours, but schools must provide and arrange their bus transportation.
Location: The new composting facility at the Shepard Waste Management Facility (11920 68 St SE).


In the classroom:

Waste educators lead students through an interactive exploration of how we all can make a difference to our environment when we think about what we throw away.

We include:

  • A virtual tour of the new composting facility.
  • Activities highlighting the 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle).
  • Best way to use the blue cart and green carts.

On the landfill:

The Shepard Waste Management Facility (landfill) bus tour demonstrates how The City of Calgary safely and responsibly manages Calgary's garbage and why our waste diversion programs are so important to reduce the garbage going into the landfill.

We cover:

  • Ways to divert as many materials as possible from landfill.
  • The way a landfill cell is constructed and how it operates.
  • Myth busting:
    • Why organic matter doesn’t compost in a landfill.
    • Why it's better to compost organic materials.