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Dane County Department of Waste & Renewables

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Tour Our Facilites

Tours are offered on a weekly basis at our site. We welcome individuals to sign up in advance for a tour slot. Please note, we have concluded our weekly tours program for the season and will resume again in the Spring. To inquire about the possibility of large group tours during our off season, please reach out to Sujata at gautam.sujata@countyofdane.com         

In addition to our tours, there are other plenty of great ways for community members and students to learn about where waste goes and how it can be used as a resource. Check out our Video Resources Page for an array of educational videos and accompanying K-12 lesson plans or visit our Virtual Tours Page  for a self-guided tour of our site!                                   

What To Expect

Landfill Tour MapEach year, we host nearly a thousand visitors (of all ages) for tours of our facilities. Our tours offer an excellent opportunity for lessons in environmental stewardship, science, engineering, and technology.

Location & Duration

Tour participants will meet and park their vehicles at the parking ramp in front of the Renewable Natural Gas plant entrance located on 7102 US Hwy 12, Madison, WI 53718. From here, the tour will include transport by bus to various locations on our site, such as our Clean Sweep Facility, Construction & Demolition Recycling Facility, and Landfill. A typical tour lasts approximately an hour and a half. However, the tour length can be flexible depending on your group's schedule and interests.

Safety Guidelines On Our Tours

The health and safety of our visitors and staff is important to us. We have implement the following policies and procedures for our tours program:

  • Face coverings are required to be worn inside the tour bus in accordance with CDC's recommendations for mass transit. Masks will be available to visitors who do not have one.
  • Safety vests will be provided and must be worn at all times during the tour.
  • No sandals or open toed shoes. Please wear closed toe footwear that is suitable for walking on uneven terrain. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for vistors to use during the tour.
  • Capacity of the tour bus will be limited to 50% (one person per seat).
  • Seats will be sanitized between tour groups.
  • No food allowed in tour bus or Trash Lab.
  • Additional policies or precautions may be put in place or tours may be cancelled if public health guidance changes due to COVID-19.
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Chaperones

Each tour group comprising of youth must have an appropriate number of adult chaperones (not including the tour guide) as defined by the following criteria:

  • Middle School: At least on adult chaperone per group of 20 or less students and at least two adult chaperones per group of 20 or more students
  • Elementary School: At least one adult chaperone per 7 students
  • Younger Than Elementary School: At least one adult per two children
Students attend a field trip to the landfill

Bus Fee Waiver Program

The Department of Waste & Renewables will pay for transportation costs (up to $250 per group) for schools that find transportation fees a barrier to visiting our site. The bus fee waiver is subject to the need of the school and preference will be given for schools with over 40% of students approved for free and reduced meals.

Contact Us

Email gautam.sujata@countyofdane.com for additional information about the program.

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