From Landfills To Sludge Fields, Tour Showcases Garbage

Aug. 24, 2005

One man's trash is another's treasure -- especially in Chicago, where people are paying to look at garbage.

The "Down in the Dumps" tour costs $7 and includes some of the worst sights and smells of the city's far South Side.

The tour lasts three hours and takes people to more than a dozen sites.

Highlights include a waste-water treatment plant, a recycling center and landfills.

It's organized by the Southeast Environmental Task Force, a conservation group that wants to preserve open space and make sure more landfills don't sprout up.

So far, about 130 people have taken the tour, which is advertised on the group's website and through other environmental groups in the state.

Source: AP