Sludge sewage fields and landfills aren’t the norm for tours of cities, but according to the Associated Press some people are paying US$7 to see some of Chicago’s waste facilities.
The "Down in the Dumps" tour features more than a dozen waste sites including a waste water treatment plant, recycling center and landfills. Most of the landfills on the tour no longer accept waste because of a city moratorium that went into effect in 1984.
The nearly three-hour bus tour of the far South Side is a chance for residents to learn more about what happens to waste once it leaves their curbs.
So far about 130 people have taken the tour. The tourists say the tour makes them want to be more involved in the community. Conducted twice this summer and organized by the Southeast Environmental Task Force, the tour will be offered again in the fall.