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Dane County Department of Waste & Renewables

Tour Our Facilities

Each year, we host nearly a thousand visitors (of all ages) for tours of our facilities. Our tours offer an excellent opportunity for lessons in environmental stewardship, science, engineering, and technology. 

Interested in one of our upcoming monthly tours? Sign up here.

To inquire about the possibility of reserving a special time to accomodate large groups for a private tour, please fill out our Landfill Tour Request Form. Note that tour availability is dependent upon staffing, landfill operating hours, and our current scheduled events. For follow up questions please contact

Can't visit us in person? There are other plenty of great ways for community members and students to learn about where waste goes and how it can be used as a resource. Check out our Video Resources Page for an array of educational videos and accompanying K-12 lesson plans or visit our Virtual Tours Page  for a self-guided tour of our site! To check out our Trash Lab at a community event near you, check out our Upcoming Events tab on our Trash Lab webpage.     

Tour Map

What To Expect

Location & Duration

Tour participants will meet and park their vehicles at our Training Center (formerly Country Corners) located on 3737 County Hwy AB McFarland, WI 53558. From here, the tour will include transport by bus to various locations on our site, such as our Clean Sweep Facility, Construction & Demolition Recycling Facility, and Landfill. A typical tour lasts approximately an hour and a half. However, the tour length can be flexible depending on your group's schedule and interests.

Safety Guidelines On Our Tours

The health and safety of our visitors and staff is important to us. We have implement the following policies and procedures for our tours program:

  • Safety vests will be provided and must be worn at all times during the tour.
  • No sandals or open toed shoes. Please wear closed toe footwear that is suitable for walking on uneven terrain. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for visitors to use during the tour.
  • Additional policies or precautions may be put in place or tours may be cancelled if public health guidance changes due to COVID-19.
Tour Guide


Each tour group comprising of youth must have an appropriate number of adult chaperones (not including the tour guide) as defined by the following criteria:

  • Middle School: At least on adult chaperone per group of 20 or less students and at least two adult chaperones per group of 20 or more students
  • Elementary School: At least one adult chaperone per 7 students
  • Younger Than Elementary School: At least one adult per two children
Kids on tour

Bus Fee Waiver Program

The Department of Waste & Renewables will pay for transportation costs (up to $250 per group) for schools that find transportation fees a barrier to visiting our site. The bus fee waiver is subject to the need of the school and preference will be given for schools with over 40% of students approved for free and reduced meals.

Contact Us

Email for additional information about the program.