Recycling Center Tours

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

Event posted Mar. 30, 2015 - 2:00 pm | updated Apr 07, 2015
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. Spaces are still available for the quarterly tour on April 15, 2015.

Children are welcome to visit Sonoco Recycling's Education Center. Groups of five or more may request a free tour. Tours are never offered on evenings or weekends. Tours must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Group tours are fully booked for April, May and June 2015.

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


  • Registration Required
  • Apr 15, 2015
  • 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


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