On-site tours of the following Waste Commission of Scott County facilities are available free of charge. To schedule a tour please call Paula at (563) 468-4218.
• Scott Area Recycling Center, 5640 Carey Avenue, Davenport
This facility features an Education Room, which can seat up to 100. A special camera system gives participants a virtual tour of the Recycling Center from the safety of the Education Room. Six cameras, placed in key locations, allow participants to see, in real time, the entire process, from the collection truck crossing the scale to the end product being loaded on to a semi-trailer for shipment. Participants can also look out windows into the processing area where residential recyclables are being sorted and baled. The Education Room, much of which is built from recycled materials, also houses several displays and recycled content items. This facility is handicapped accessible.
• Scott Area Landfill, 11555 110th Avenue, Davenport (County Road Y-48, Buffalo)
This facility receives all of the residential garbage produced in Scott County. In the fill area, participants can see local garbage trucks dumping, compactors and bulldozers compressing the garbage and the materials used to cover the garbage each night. The tour also includes visuals of the Scott County Landfill, which closed in 1995, and recycling programs for tires, scrap metal, appliances and construction and demolition materials.
• Scott Area Household Hazardous Material Facility, 11555 110th Avenue, Davenport
The permanent facility is located at the Scott Area Landfill. Participants learn what happens to old paints, pesticides, cleaners and other household toxins and why they are banned from the landfill. The tour also includes a visit to the Product Exchange Facility that is stocked with household hazardous materials that are deemed reusable.
• Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, 1048 59th Street, Davenport
This facility opened in 2005 and is in the same complex as the Scott Area Recycling Center. Participants learn what happens to discarded electronic items such as computers, televisions, printers and stereos. This walking tour covers the physical demanufacturing of the electronics, the sorting of various components and how these materials are marketed and sold. This facility is handicapped accessible.