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Transfer Station Field Trips

Field trips to the award-winning StopWaste Education Center offer students an opportunity to learn first-hand what happens to their recyclables, garbage and compostables at a working material recovery facility and transfer station. This field trip provides real-life application of concepts taught in the classroom in the areas of physical science, life science and investigation/experimentation. Trips (valued at $1,200) are free for Alameda County public school 4th grade classes.  At this time, tours are not available for Alameda County private schools.

Field trip registration requests to the Davis Street Transfer Station and Fremont Transfer Station are now open for the entire 2019-2020 academic year. Click here to request a field trip registration date. If you are unable to request a date as availability is limited please stay in communication. To receive updates on registration and other school news, sign up for our e-newsletter. Questions? Contact Cristian Aguilar,


Our goal is to host students at the transfer station that is the closest to where their material goes.  

Field trips include:

  • A two-hour program including a visit to the Education Center, Garbage Pit and Material Recovery Facility.
  • An opportunity to trace the path of compostables, recyclables and garbage from curbside to remanufacture or disposal.
  • Learning about the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot) and exploring how student’s individual actions can help reduce waste.
  • A hands-on activity in the Education Center aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core Standards. 4th graders also simulate the life-cycle of an aluminum can using puzzles and role play.
  • Pre and post-field trip lessons aligned to NGSS and Common Core Standards.
  • Free bus pick up and drop off at school.

Registration and Program Availability

Field trips are available to 4th grade Alameda County public school groups during the school year.  If you are a non-school group that wants to tour the transfer station, submit a request to Availability for non-school group tours is limited.

Davis Street Recycling & Transfer Station

Field trips are generally offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-11 am or 12:30-2:30 pm.

Fremont Education Center

Field trips are generally offered Tuesdays, 9-11 am or 12:30-2:30 pm.

All field trips are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. A staff member will email to confirm the date and time of your field trip. To ensure the safety and comfort of all visitors, a maximum of 36 students can be accommodated per field trip, with one class allowed per time slot.

Versalar is our transportation provider and a bus is provided at no cost for this field trip. No transportation is provided for field trips other than Alameda County Public School 4th grades.

There is no charge for field trips to the StopWaste Education Center. (The value of this service is $1,200.) StopWaste provides this service to schools to support our county-wide goal to reduce the amount of compostables and recyclables entering our landfills to less than 10% by the year 2020. In exchange for this service teachers must commit to the following:

Before your field trip

All teachers will receive a pre-packet in the mail sent to the school address provided during online field trip registration.  This packet will include:

  • Parent Pre-Surveys & Permission Slips
  • 4Rs Activities. 

Please make sure to bring Student Pre-Surveys and Parent Pre-Surveys and Permission slips with you on the day of the field trip.


After your field trip

  • Complete the online Teacher Evaluation, which will be linked here.
  • Conduct the Student Reflection with your class or mail the class set to the Education Center.
  • Conduct the activities handed to you in your Teacher Post-Field Trip Packet.

Post-trip Action Projects (NEW THIS YEAR!)

We are asking all participating teachers to take action with their students to educate their communities about reducing waste in Alameda County.  All participating teachers can choose action projects from this list:

  • Authoring 4Rs Buddy Books – students read their books to their parents/guardians and then to a younger buddy class  
  • Parent E-News Announcement – students write up their observations and post their writing to a parent e-newsletter or other community news outlet
  • Educational Posters – students educate their school community on their observations from the trip and demonstrate how others can take action to reduce waste
  • Report back on an existing waste reduction project

Each participating teacher will be assigned a classroom liaison who can support your class to complete an action project.  At the end of the project, all teachers will be asked to submit a Report Back form:

Download Report Back Form

Complete Form Online



For additional information, call (510) 563-4282 or email


Education Center

2615 Davis Street, San Leandro 94577
Phone 510 563-4282 Fax 510 563-4205