Recycling Center Tours

Experience a rare, close-up look at how recyclable items are sorted and baled.

Event posted Sep. 03, 2014 - 5:00 pm
Recycling Center Tourists

Ever wondered what happens to all the recyclable materials once Raleigh Recycling crews collect them from your recycling bin or cart? Where do they go? What if unacceptable materials got put in? Get your questions answered!

Raleigh Recycling offers free quarterly tours of our recycling contractor's sorting facility. The place where all the materials are taken is called a material recovery facility, usually abbreviated MRF, and pronounced "merf". This is the place where all the materials are sorted - both by people and machines. Once sorted, each type material gets baled and is shipped to a manufacturer to be made into new products.

Quarterly tours include a walk through the sorting floor and are limited to Raleigh residents who are at least 18 years old and in good physical condition. Registration is required.

Children are welcome to visit Sonoco Recycling's Education Center. Groups of five or more may visit Tuesday through Friday. To plan a visit, please contact the Community Education Specialist at least two weeks in advance.

Contact Bianca Howard to request a group tour or to register for the next quarterly tour.


  • Registration Required
  • Oct 02, 2014
  • 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


  • Wilders Grove Solid Waste Services Center
  • 630 Beacon Lake Dr
  • Raleigh, NC 27610

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