* Tours appropriate for Grades 1-12
* The tour is 45-60 minutes in length
* Maximum One Bus Per Tour
* Safety vests and hard hats must be worn by all participants and will be provided at the site
* Clothing appropriate for the landfill environment must be worn, specifically no open-toe shoes or sandals
The Solid Waste Complex Tour will take you through Cumberland County’s award winning landfill and its pretreatment facility. Also included, as part of the tour is a visit to the Material Separating Facility (MSF) where you can view how your bottles and cans are recycled.
On occassion, visitors get to meet the Jersey Devil / Litter Critter who reminds them to keep their communities clean. Students are given a brief history of the county’s solid waste plan, as well as instructions on how to properly prepare recyclable material for their red recycling buckets. Other topics included in this tour package are an introduction to the three “R’s”; Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
Details of the Recycling Center and Solid Waste Complex Tours
By the end of each day, every person produces up to 5 pounds of solid waste. Come see how the Cumberland County Solid Waste Complex manages this waste. You will enjoy seeing the heavy equipment; See the compactor, pan, bulldozer, and the trash trucks at work.
Landfill workface and heavy equipment
Seabrook School touring the the solid waste complex.
Material Separating Facility (MSF)
See how your bottles and cans are processed for recycling. Learn more about our landfill and liner system from our display model. Participate in an exercise about recycling. Learn how to prepare your bottles and cans for recycling. Understand what the
symbols mean on the bottoms of your plastic containers. Discover what does not belong in your recycling container and become informed about new items that are recyclable.
Material Separating Facility (MSF)
Seabrook School 1st Graders in front of Magnetic Display Board.
Leachate is the end product of rainfall on our landfill that filters down through the trash and other solid waste and is collected at the bottom of the landfill on a liner system. These liners protect the ground waters below the site. The Leachate is pumped off the bottom of the landfill and sent to our Pretreatment Facility for processing. The treated material is then hauled to the Cumberland County Utilities Authority where it is processed even further.
Pretreatment Center and storage tank in background.
Tire Shredding Area
The tire shedder has two-one hundred horse-powered electric motors that provide hydraulic power to shred the tires collected in the county. This unit can process up to 1,800 car tires per hour and reduces the tires into 3” x 6” shreds. Tire shreds will be used at the toe of slope on active cells as a drainage medium to facilitate the percolation of storm water to the Leachate Collection System. This will help to prevent the formation of mosquito colonies.
Tire Shredding Facility
Tire Shredder in operation
Trash Grave Yard
Visit the trash graveyard to understand why it is important to recycle and to keep litter off our roadways.
The Trash Grave Yard
Recycling and Solid Waste Management Programs
* The Program is appropriate for Grades 1-12
* Presentations can be up to 40 minutes in length
Looking for a guest speaker to expand the horizons of your environmental studies curriculum or establish a school recycling program?
Holly Heights Pre-K visits the Cumberland County Improvement Authority main office in Downtown Millville.
The Cumberland County Recycling Coordinator is available to visit your classroom to educate your students about recycling, source reduction, composting, buy recycled, and other solid waste management issues.
The Recycling Coordinator can help your school conduct a waste audit and provide technical assistance in establishing or improving your recycling programs.
Classroom visit at Marie Durand School, Vineland
The Cumberland County Improvement Authority participated in Pauline J. Petway Elementary School’s first Vehicle Day.