RCSW offers tours with carefully designed programs to engage 3rd through 5th grade students. For those programs, click here. Each teacher has the option to include a tour to one of the following facilities: The Rumpke Noble Road Landfill, The Gorman Nature Center, or RCSW’s very own Compost Facility.
Rumpke Noble Road Landfill Tours: On landfill tours, students remain on the bus and are joined by a Rumpke tour guide. As the bus travels along the tour route, the Rumpke guide explains each part of the landfill. Guests learn about various safeguards that allow Rumpke to responsibly dispose of trash while preserving and protecting health, safety and the environment. Guests will also learn how methane gas and leachate (water that has come in contact with trash) are collected from the landfill; see on-site wetlands; watch semi-trucks empty trash; and view huge compactors flatten the trash to conserve landfill space. Upon returning to the Educational Classroom, discussions on how to reduce trash through recycling occurs. The following videos help to explain both the landfill and the recycling process.
Gorman Nature Center Tours: Join in on the discoveries of solar energy, scrap tire tiles, a compostable toilet, energy efficient lighting, insect house and more as we investigate the importance of renewable and recyclable materials for building and sustaining an ecological balance for insects, wildlife, and humans in our very own community.
Richland County Solid Waste’s Compost Facility Tours: Look at that heap of stuff! What does it consist of? Why is it smoking? Where does it come from? What lives in it? Why is it important? How does it benefit the community? All of these questions will be answered during this tour. In addition, students get to go on a Trashy Scavenger Hunt and dig in the dirt to bring home a piece of Richland County’s compost to add to a plant pot made from recyclable plastic materials (weather permitting).