In-Person Public Tours

In-person tours of the Shoreway Environmental Center provide an inside look at how recyclables are sorted in our upgraded Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and how compost and garbage are consolidated at the Transfer Station. RethinkWaste staff will also review bin sorting, discuss reuse and reduction tips, and answer all your tricky questions about where items belong (or don’t belong!) when you no longer need them.

Tours are approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes long.

Registration is free and open to the public. Tours are limited to 20 registrants on a first come first serve basis. Minors under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children must be at least 8 years old to attend.

In-person public tours will be offered on the first Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. If the first Thursday of the month is a holiday or immediately following a holiday, public tours will be held the following Thursday (the second Thursday of the month).

RethinkWaste reserves the right to cancel any tour depending on staff coverage and the current status of COVID-19 in San Mateo County.

ALL tour attendees are required to wear a mask for the entire duration of the tour, as social-distancing of 6 feet is not always possible in all parts of the facility.

Additional tour details and requirements, including appropriate attire and parking instructions, will be sent via your confirmation email.

If you are unable to meet these in-person tour requirements, we also offer virtual public tours every first Thursday of the month at 5 p.m.

If you are looking for a tour for your business/organization or school group, please click on the appropriate link below.

Schedule an In-Person Public Tour

To schedule a tour for yourself or household, please choose a date from the below calendar, answer a few quick questions, and then click Book Now.

All registrants are required to complete a permission form. You may download, print, and bring a signed copy the day of the tour, or printed copies will be available to sign upon your arrival at Shoreway. Each participant must fill out an individual permission form.

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