America Recycles Day: Tour Our Recycling Center!

Nov 11, 2014 by

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‘I’m going to be the last dude to eat fast food on polystyrene!’

I remember singing those words when I was in elementary during our big Earth Day musical, and they’ve stuck with me. Our family has a stack of paper bags we get from the grocery store that we use to collect our recyclables, and it’s a thrill to see our waste fill up the recycling bin instead of the trash can.

But although I know what to recycle, and when to set it out on the curb, I do not know exactly what happens to it when it gets to the recycling plant! How in the world do they sort all the paper from the plastic from the glass from the metal? I know it involves magnets, sieves, water, air and lots of machines. I’ve taken loads of boxes to the plant up in Marin and heard first hand how LOUD it is. But I’ve always wanted to really understand how our recycling system works.

America Recycles Day on Saturday, November 15 gives us the perfect excuse to finally take a tour of this fascinating place! Your family, or group of families, can can schedule a tour of the MRWMD Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours and can include a presentation, introduction to a “green building”, and a walking or driving tour of facilities depending upon the group’s preference.

Groups can also request a tour of a specific program or facility, i.e. Composting Program, Renewable Energy, C & D Recycling, etc. For more information about the tours and/or to check on availability, contact the MRWMD’s Public Education Coordinator at kherring@mrwmd.org .

To request a tour, complete a Public Tour Request Form and e-mail it to kherring@mrwmd.org. Tours are available year-round!

For more information on America Recycles Day, check out their website at americarecyclesday.org.

Here’s to learning more about what happens to our recycling after it leaves the curb as we send a big Thank You to those who help the process along!

-Katie

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