Unique and educational Earth Day on the way

April 19, 2017 by  

Public tours of the Waterloo landfill will be presented on Earth Day again this year. All residents from the local communities serviced by this landfill, including Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, are invited to attend.

The bus tour follows the same route the garbage and recycling takes when it is picked up from the curb each week. The bus drives through the entire landfill, including where the garbage trucks spill out their heavy loads. The large amount of garbage being dumped on a weekly basis often surprises people, organizers say.

Recycling questions will be answered on the tour as well. After visiting the sorting room, guests will understand how important it is that they sort their blue bins properly. Recycling brochures showing how to separate paper, plastic and metal, as well as garbage collection calendars, could be offered during tours like this for future reference.

Also included in the tour is an opportunity to meet a falconer. Hawks are routinely brought to the landfill to keep crows and seagulls from rooting through the site.

The tours are offered each year, and always have full buses of guests. Common feedback after the tour is the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to visit the site.

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22. Free bus tours will be offered from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm from the Waterloo landfill site on Glasgow Street. Spots for the tours are limited, and guests can register by calling 519-575-4400 or emailing waste@regionofwaterloo.ca.