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Transfer Station Field Trips

Field trips to the award-winning irecycle @ school 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 are free, and available to Alameda County public school 4th grade classes.


Registration is closed for the 2016/17 school year as every available slot has been booked.  Thank you for your interest and support!



Davis Street Recycling & Transfer Station in San Leandro (Waste Management, Inc.) Serving Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Dublin, Emery, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo.

Fremont Recycling & Transfer Station in Fremont (BLT, Enterprises) Serving Fremont, Newark and New Haven (Union City) School Districts.

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.


Davis Street Recycling & Transfer Station

Starting October 3rd, 2016 through June 2017, field trips are offered:

  • Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Monday-Thursday from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm.

Fremont Education Center

Tours are offered at the Fremont Education Center during November 2016, as well as February-April 2017.

  • Monday-Thursday from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm.


School Field Trip Schedule Starting October 3, 2016

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday*
Morning 9:00 - 11:00 9:00 - 11:00 9:00 - 11:00 9:00 - 11:00 9:00 - 11:00
Afternoon 12:30 - 2:30 12:30 - 2:30 12:30 - 2:30 12:30 - 2:30  
*Friday morning field trips are only available at the Davis Street location.


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.

El Camino Charters 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 irecycle@school Education Center. (The value of this service is $1,000.) 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


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.

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


Registration is closed for the 2016/17 school year as every available slot has been booked.  Thank you for your interest and support!

Education Center

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


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