Learn From An Expert

We offer a variety of environmental education opportunities for groups of all sizes, levels, and ages. Invite one of our experts to speak to your group on topics like recycling, hazardous waste, landfills, and all things sustainable. We've even taken a lot of our programming online! 

Green TalksGreen Talk

Do you have a group of 10 or more with in interest in learning more about recycling, trash, hazardous waste, or other sustainability efforts right here in our community? Sign up for a Green Talk! A subject expert from our team will be happy to help your group learn where it should go, in person or online.


Landfill Tours

Calling all curious minds! Once trash leaves your curb, it's easy to not give it a second thought. Metro Waste Authority knows where nearly 2,000 tons of trash ends up every day. Receiving roughly 18% of the state's annual waste, Metro Park East Landfill, in eastern Polk County, is a state-of-the-art landfill. 

We offer two different types of tours throughout the year. school busTeachers are welcome to schedule a tour for their classrooms, or periodically, public tours are offered.


Landfill Operator Training

A variety of instructors share knowledge throughout this 25-hour training course that covers topics required under state regulations. This training course provides an overview of landfill operations and is designed to prepare attendees for the landfill operator certification exam provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). If interested and for more information regarding the next course date, contact Chelsie Oxenford, Business Marketing Coordinator, by emailing cox@mwatoday.com.

Educator Resources

One of our goals is to educate students about what they can do to help protect the environment. We support teachers and schools alike by joining you in the classroom to conduct programs, provide tours, and lend educational toolkits. For more information email outreach@mwatoday.com.