Marin Sanitary Tour Details
After students have a few moments in the classroom to look over materials and educational features that line the walls everyone suits up in safety vests and hard-hat helmets. Before departing the classroom the children watch a short video and then there is a brief discussion on the importance of the 4 R's (reduce, re-use, recycle and rot).
At the Recycling center students see firsthand what happens to recyclables once they have been collected. They will watch recyclables being separated and processed for shipment to a manufacturing plant where they will be turned into new commodities.
The Transfer Station is where residential garbage is collected daily. It is here that collection trucks are weighed before dumping their load into a huge pit. There the garbage is bulldozed and compacted before being transferred into large cargo trucks to the landfill.
All public and all "dry" commercial waste is brought to the MRRC (sometimes called the "indoor dump"). Here the waste is thoroughly sorted through, diverting all recyclable resources from the garbage before it ends up in the landfill.
Over the last several years MRRC has averaged a 74% recovery rate, meaning 74% of materials brought to the MRRC are diverted from the landfill. As students exit this area they will briefly stop at the Household Hazardous Waste facility to hear an explanation of its purpose and importance, as well as how it functions.
The Ranch is the last stop, where pigs and other farm animals live. Everyone enjoys this part of the tour, not just because the children get to feed the animals, but it is important to find out why we raise them and what important role they play in recycling. The tour concludes back in the classroom for a review about recyclables and a short question and answer session.