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Landfill tours for schools

2016/2017 school year

The landfill and recycling facility school tours are full for the 2016/2017 school year.

2017/2018 school year – Changes to booking dates and tour location

Please note we are making changes to our booking process for the 2017/18 school year in an effort to accommodate teachers who are new or moving to a different grade or school.

  • Bookings for Fall 2017 tours will begin June 1, 2017.
  • Bookings for Spring 2018 tours will begin September 15, 2017.

For 2017/18 we will be visiting the new compost facility.

Landfill and compost facility tour details:

  • Grades: 4-12
  • Curriculum: Targets the Grade 4 Waste and our World unit.
  • Program length: 3 hours. Includes a 90-minute landfill tour and a 90-minute compost facility visit.
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Class size: Maximum 30 students per class, up to 2 classes (each with 30 students or fewer) 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 compost facility at the Shepard Waste Management Facility (11920 68 St SE). It will NOT include the recycling centre (MRF).
  • Bookings: Check back for links to book through Eventbrite starting June 1 for Fall 2017 tours and September 15 for Spring 2018 tours.

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 and why it's better to turn organic material 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

More educational opportunities

For more school and education opportunities, including presentations and resources about waste, recycling and disposal, or waste-related curriculum, please visit Waste and Recycling Education Resources.​​