Can't visit us in person? 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! To check out our Trash Lab at a community event near you, check out our Upcoming Events tab on our Trash Lab webpage.
Each 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.
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:
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:
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.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information about the program.