RethinkWaste - Recycling Facility Free Tour Programs
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For Immediate Release: January 20, 2012
Contact: Monica Devincenzi, RethinkWaste, Phone: (650) 802-3509,

Free Tour Programs Officially Launched in January

RethinkWaste is excited to announce the launch of its free tour programs at the Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos for schools and the general public. Tour participants will learn about the 4Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot) and resource conservation, and have the unique opportunity to see firsthand what happens to garbage, recyclables, and organics once they are picked up from their homes and businesses.

RethinkWaste is also providing bus transportation for 4th through 6th grade classes for both public and private schools in the RethinkWaste service area as this has been found to be a key success factor in other Bay Area environmental education programs.

The approximate two-hour tour includes visiting the Transfer Station, where garbage, food scraps, and yard trimmings are handled; a state-of-art Materials Recovery Facility, where recyclables are processed; the Environmental Education Center, which includes museum-quality exhibits, reuse art, a talking robot, and much more. It also includes hands-on learning activities and pre- and post-tour lessons.

The School Groups Tour program is being offered this year from January through June 2012, Mondays through Thursdays, and will again resume in September 2012 for the next school year.

To ensure the safety and comfort of all visitors, a maximum of approximately 40 students and chaperones is recommended for each tour group.

Free tours will also be offered to other grades, as well as schools in San Mateo County outside of the RethinkWaste service area as scheduling allows; however, busing assistance is not available for these tours.

In addition to the School Groups Tour program, RethinkWaste is holding Public Open House Days at Shoreway, geared to providing community groups and the general public an opportunity to tour the facility. The Public Open House Days will be held the third Thursday of every month, from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Reservations are recommended but not required to ensure space availability.

The Shoreway Environmental Center is located at 333 Shoreway Road in San Carlos. Tours and reservations can be made by sending an email to or calling (650) 802-3506. All tours will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on the tour programs, please click on the links below:

RethinkWaste is a joint powers authority of twelve public Agencies (Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, the County of San Mateo, and the West Bay Sanitary District) in San Mateo County, California and is a leader in the delivery of innovative waste reduction and recycling programs. RethinkWaste owns and manages the Shoreway Environmental Center which receives all the recyclables, organic materials, and materials (i.e. solid waste) collected in its service area. RethinkWaste also provides strategic oversight, support, and management of service providers that collect, process, recycle, and dispose of materials for its Member Agencies. RethinkWaste (i.e., South Bayside Waste Management Authority) was formed in 1982. For more information on RethinkWaste, please visit our website at or follow us at or

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