1005 Fall 2018 The Grand Trash Tour
Friday, 9:15–3:30, Sept. 21
Bus trip: $41
Coordinator: John Nash, Martha Powers
Tour limit: 30
This grand trash tour of the solid waste and recoverable facilities in Fairfax will give attendees an insight into one of the most interesting and technologically advanced systems in our county. We will follow the flow of refuse and recyclables—what we put out on the curb each week—from the collection at the I-66 transfer station down to the Lorton recycling and landfill center. We will see the huge incinerator that consumes that refuse, generating electricity to be sold back to the grid, recovering certain metals, and reducing volume to manageable ash for the landfill. We next will drive onto the existing covered landfill and learn about the system of methane gas recovery. Coventa, the management firm, along with the county’s Department of Solid Waste management, will host this tour. Between the two presentations—one in the morning and one in the afternoon—we’ll go to Occoquan for lunch on your own. Attendees must be able to navigate stairs. A fee of $41, covering bus transportation costs and bus driver tip, is payable to OLLI at time of registration. The bus will leave promptly at 9:30 from Fair Oaks Mall parking lot 57, which is outside the circular road in front of ManTech Corp. Please be on the bus by 9:15. Estimated time of return is 3:30. Space is limited, so sign up today. Registration for this event is on a first-come, first-served basis.