Tours and Educational Programs

Recycling and Reuse Center and landfill tours

Midland Recyclers has partnered with the City of Midland Landfill to offer free educational tours.  By touring the recycling facility and the landfill, located on East Ashman between Waldo and Rockwell, students will learn about and see what happens to the materials that they recycle and throw away.

At the landfill, students will learn:

  • The history of garbage disposal in Midland County
  • What happens to their garbage and yard waste
  • How the landfill protects the environment

The students will see:

  • Daily operation of an active landfill cell and what a closed landfill cell looks like
  • Contractors, businesses and residents disposing of their waste
  • The garbage compactor, bulldozer and other equipment used by the landfill staff

At the end of the program, students will understand:

  • Recycling conserves landfill space and saves money
  • Which materials are reused and recycled at the landfill
  • How yard waste is composted into soil

Students will also receive a compost kit for continued hands-on learning.

At the recycling center, students will learn:

  • The difference between the curbside recycling program and the Midland Recyclers drop-off program
  • That Midland Recyclers is a non-profit organization that utilizes volunteers
  • How to prepare materials for recycling
  • Where each type of material is sent and what products are made from these materials

The students will see:

  • The processing area where equipment is being used
  • Volunteers in action

At the end of the program, students will understand:

  • What it means to recycle
  • Why we should recycle
  • Which items are recyclable

Students are requested to bring a bag of recyclables to sort during the program:

Acceptable items include those that can be recycled curbside:

  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, cereal and boxboard, corrugated cardboard, tin cans, aluminum, clear glass containers, and plastic #1 and #2.

And those that can only be recycled at Midland Recyclers’ recycling center:

  • Office paper and junk mail, shredded paper, plastic bags, vinyl siding, loop carriers, rechargeable batteries, ink jet cartridges, cell phones, polystyrene foam (including packing peanuts).

To schedule a tour for your students:

Contact us or Call (989) 631-1668. We can accommodate up to two buses per visit.

Click here for details on the Reuse Area and for a list of items you may use in the classroom for office supplies, arts, crafts, manipulatives, etc.

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