Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment
Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment

Trash & Recycling Fun: Sanitation Yard Open Houses for Kids Who Love Garbage Trucks

Vroom Vroom! Does the sound of the garbage truck coming down the street send your kids running to watch? Spring kicks off city yard open houses and recycling fair season, and these events are hugely popular with kids of a certain age. If your kiddos have any curiosity about what goes on in a garbage truck, this is their chance to satisfy it, at one of the most eagerly awaited free activities in LA. Public tours (also detailed below) are often available throughout the year (call first); but the spring open houses are a must-do for little one who live for the roar of the garbage truck.


Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
1955 Workman Mill Road
Whittier 90601
(562) 908-4288 ext. 2301
The SDLAC schedules public tours of the Puente Hills Landfill in June and October. Watch the website for the schedule, which will be out soon. Schools and other groups can schedule their own tours of both the landfill and San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant.

Burbank Recycle Center
500 S Flower Street
Burbank, CA 91502
Want to see where the recyclables go in Burbank? You'll have to call and ask about taking a tour, as there isn't a formal schedule announced, but do put it on your to-do list. Those who have taken the opportunity to look around praise the site and the employees.

Simi Valley Landfill
2801 Madera Road
Simi Valley 93065
(805) 579-7267
Please note:  Landfill tours are on hold until further notice due to a project at the site. Waste Management's Simi Valley Landfill offers school and other group tours approximately 6 days each month. Due to the popularity of these tours, groups must pre-register at least 2 months in advance. Groups also visit the Pollinator Garden. Minimum group size is 20; no individual tours are given. 

East Valley District Yard
11050 Pendleton Street
Sun Valley, CA 91352

West Valley District Yard
8840 Vanalden Avenue
Northridge, CA 91324

North Central District Yard
452 North San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90031

The Expo Center
3990 Menlo Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Harbor District Yard
1400 North Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

West LA District Yard
2027 Stoner Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Marina del Rey WaterBus
various boarding locations, including Burton Chace Park - 1:00 PM Pick
Kutztown Folk Festival
- various times Pick
The Shows Must Go On
Youtube - various times Pick
Sea Chantey Sing-Along
Zoom - various times Pick
Heritage Square Museum Self Guided Walking Tours
Heritage Square Museum - 11:00 AM
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