Valentine's Day Tour of the Landfill and Recycling Facility

Spend Valentine’s Day morning with someone you love. Come tour the Los Reales Landfill and Republic Services Recycling Facility, and you’ll see how we show our love and care for mother earth. Every week your trash and recycling goes “away” never to be seen again. Or, is it? The tour will show you what happens once the green and blue bins are collected and taken away and how some of those materials are re-imagined through recycling.

On Thursday, February 14, 2019, the City of Tucson Environmental & General Services Department (EGSD) will offer an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ view of how waste is processed in Tucson. Tour participants will also gain an in-depth understanding of how recyclables collected in the blue barrels are sorted and marketed given challenges due to new restrictions set by China.

The tour will begin at the Price Service Center, 4004 S. Park Avenue. From there, the bus will take participants to the Republic Services Materials Recovery Facility or MRF. The recycling facility sorts and processes 38,000 tons of materials every year through human and machine sorting.

The second stop is the Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales Rd. At the Los Reales Landfill, participants will see how ES handles household hazardous waste and hear how construction of the landfill cells protects groundwater. Those on the tour will also see landfill operations and learn how methane gas generated at the landfill is used as a renewable energy source to power Tucson.

Tour participants will meet at the Price Service Center, 4004 S. Park Avenue in the upper parking lot. Bus will begin loading at 8:30 a.m. and leave promptly at 8:45 a.m. The tour will be complete by 12:00 noon. Those who join the tour should wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, hats and sunscreen. Drinking water will be provided. A minimum of 15 participants is needed. Tour is not appropriate for children under 10 years of age.

The tour is available on a first come basis. To reserve a seat, call EGSD at 791-3175 by Tuesday, February 12, 2019.