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Landfill tours for schools

The landfill and recycling facility school tours are full for the 2016/2017 school year. Please check back in June 2017 to register for 2017/18 school tours.

Landfill and recycling 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 recycling facility visit
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Class size: Maximum 30 students per class
  • Cost: No charge for tours, but schools must provide their own bus transportation
  • Bookings: School tours for spring 2016 are full. We are only accepting registrations for 2016-2017 school year tours.

Tour features

Classes are invited to take a guided tour at the Shepard Landfill and a peek inside Calgary's recycling facility from the vantage point of a viewing gallery. Students will discover how The City of Calgary safely and responsibly manages our city's garbage. They'll also learn how waste diversion programs help reduce the amount of garbage ending up in the landfill.

A Waste & Recycling Services educator will engage students in activities and may discuss some of the following topics:


Find out where all the recyclables in your blue cart and the Community Recycling Depot go, how they are collected and sorted.

Natural resources

Learn about natural resources and see examples of everyday materials made from them. Learn how recycling and composting are helping to save our natural resources.


Visit our outdoor compost pad and see where leaves and pumpkins are composted and turned into a rich, valuable soil rather than taking up space in the landfill.


See what kinds and how much waste Calgarians are producing each day and how the landfill operates. Additionally, throwing household hazardous waste in the garbage or washing it down the drain can be dangerous to your family and our environment. Learn about The City's programs to safely handle this waste.


A new twist on the 3R's (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) that encourages personal action towards waste reduction. Learn about The City's many waste diversion initiatives.

For 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.