Wake County residents who missed the unique opportunity in the spring to see what happens to their recyclable papers and plastics after they leave their home can prepare for a trip to their local recycling facility this summer. People can now sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sonoco Recycling Facility in east Raleigh to learn about proper recycling and see how materials are processed. Tours will take place on June 17 and July 11.

“Understanding what can and can’t be recycled at our facilities is crucial to making the process work for everyone, and seeing the recycling process firsthand makes it even clearer,” said Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria. “It’s amazing how much we can still learn about recycling, no matter how many times we’ve done it!”

These tours are intended to encourage the community to recycle the right kinds of plastic, paper, metal and glass. Improper recycling, also known as contamination or “wishcycling,” is a growing issue in Wake County. When the contamination rate is greater than 10%, the county is required to pay a fee to its recycling processor. The current contamination rate in Wake County is 13.8%. Additionally, contaminated materials can be hazardous for recycling facility staff.

For more information, visit https://www.wake.gov/news/wake-county-recycling-facility-summer-tours-open-residents.