The general public is intrigued by the operation of modern recycling centers. School groups, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, environmental organizations and civic groups regularly request tours to get an insider’s look at these amazing and sophisticated sorting operations. Many recycling centers offer tours to educate citizens, foster an awareness of sustainable practices and showcase their operations. Some recycling centers even have environmental educational centers incorporated into their design to accommodate visitors.
Providing a tour of a recycling center requires planning and preparation. One of the most critical elements of a successful facility tour is selecting the right person to serve as the tour guide. The tour guide can be a supervisor, office employee, manager or shift worker. Anyone can do the job so long as they have strong communication skills and are knowledgeable about the recycling process.