SWACO owns and operates the FCSL and provides free tours for school groups, interested organizations and clubs. General public tours are also offered bi-monthly (6 yearly).
Visitors will hear a presentation consisting of a discussion and slide show that outlines the engineering, regulations and monitoring of a modern-day sanitary landfill. Visitors will also learn how SWACO diverts materials from the landfill and protects public health. Additional discussion topics include how to effectively recycle in Franklin County, natural resource conservation and how waste reduction and diversion can have a positive impact on the economy.
Immediately following the presentation, participants will visit the landfill working face in a bus or SWACO vehicle to observe the operations first-hand. Attendees will remain in a vehicle at all times.
*Due to the state mandate closing schools and limiting large gatherings, all landfill tours are suspended through April 27, 2020.
School tours and field trips are provided throughout the year. Tours are offered Monday - Friday between 9 am - 4pm and last approximately 60 to 90 minutes. The tour includes an in-classroom presentation at the Resource Center and ends with an in-vehicle tour of the landfill. SWACO offers schools within Franklin County bus reimbursement up to $220 for transportation expenses.
Education Resources for Your School Field Trip to SWACO
- SWACO Sanitary Landfill poster - download here
- SWACO student worksheet, primary grade levels - download here and have students complete this activity before, during or after the field trip.
- SWACO student worksheet, secondary grade levels - download here and have students complete this activity before, during or after the field trip.
Tours for the general public are provided several times a year and are free to the public. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and include a presentation at the Resource Center and end with an in-vehicle tour. Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on the tours. The next public tour will be offered:
April 4th, 2020 at 10 am(Tour has been cancelled)
- June 6th, 2020 at 10 am
To inquire about taking a tour of the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill, please contact SWACO.