Facility and Virtual Tours

Pope/Douglas offers tours of our waste and recycling facilities to learn how wastes and recyclables are managed in our area. Arrive wondering. Leave Inspired.

Tours must be arranged at least two weeks in advance.  We are able to tailor tours and discussions for age groups and interest areas.

Available Tours and Facilities

Material Recycling Facility (MRF)

Resource Recovery Facility/Waste-to-Energy (WTE)

  • Combined tour for both facilities
  • Tours length is approximately 1 hour
  • Topics include creating energy and steam from waste, removing problem materials from the waste stream to ensure facility safety/efficiency, air/water quality, recycling, solid waste management, engineering and design.

Environmental Drop Site (Household Hazardous Waste/Recycling Drop/Organics Recycling Drop)

  • Can be tagged onto the main facilities tour (MRF/WTE)
  • Tours length is approximately 15 minutes or longer if focus is on the Environmental Drop Site.
  • Topics include removing problem materials from the waste stream, air/water quality, recycling, solid waste management, hazards in our waste, organics recycling, event recycling, recycling/waste reduction grant opportunities, recycling, and unique recycling opportunities or programs.

 

Glacial Ridge Compost Facility

  • Facility is not open at this time for public-facing tours.

Metal Recovery Facility

  • Facility is not open at this time for public-facing tours.

Typical tours days and time slots available are Tuesdays and Fridays. (9:00-10:00, 10:00-11:00, 11:00-12:00, 1:00-2:00)

Tour Restrictions

Because of the nature of the facility there are age restrictions and group size restrictions.

  • Minimum tour attendee is Grade 4.
  • There is a 1 adult chaperone per 10 children requirement.
  • No toddler “carry-ons” allowed.
  • No high heels/flip flops/open toe shoes.
  • No loose clothing.
  • Wear clothing and shoes that are comfortable and can be soiled.
  • Large groups will be preferred to be split into 2 groups.
Unable to tour In-person? Check out our Virtual Tours

Check out the behind the scenes virtual tours to see how wastes and recyclables are managed.

Click on Virtual Tour icon below!

Phone: 320-763-9340
Toll Free: 800-972-6318
Fax: 320-763-9342

2115 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, MN 56308

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4:30
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Recycling Center Hours
Monday-Friday 8-5
Saturday 9-2
Closed Sundays

Hazardous Waste Hours
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4
Closed Saturday and Sunday
No appointment necessary

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