Education Center

The United Fibers’ Education Center is a wonderful resource and we welcome any interested classes, community groups or individuals that would like to learn more about recycling and the science behind products manufactured from recycling.

The $200,000 Green classroom will help students in Chandler and Kyrene school districts, along with many others, to better understand what happens once the recycling bins are picked up outside their homes. Sitting 30 feet above ground, the Education Center offers a birds-eye view of the MRF (Materials Recovery Facility), which separates 25 tons of recyclable material every hour.

The Education Center will stimulate visual and interactive learning, as students observe the recycling process below while watching a state-of-the-art 15- minute education video. The center will also inspire, with a graphic wrap that converts the large classroom into a wooded forest with bamboo flooring under the visitors’ feet. Insulation used in the room comes from recycled materials recovered from MRF. Even the benches tell a story of rebirth – the benches were made from tornado-damaged trees lost in the 2011 Tuscaloosa, Alabama tragedy.

United Fibers is pleased to offer tours to schools, scout groups, churches or individuals interested in the recycling process and the items made from recycling. These tours are free, led by city or employed staff of United Fibers and require advanced reservations through our on-line scheduling process. Schools within the City of Chandler are required to contact the City direct at 480.782.3510.

Tour Details

Appointments must be made three (3) weeks in advance

Schools:
The second Thursday of every month 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Community:

Parking:
All visitors are required to park in the main parking lot (shown below). Buses and large transport vehicles will be redirected to our eastside space.

Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Every second Thursday of each month for Schools
Every second Thursday of each month for all other groups

Reservations:
Three (3) weeks in advance reservations are required, tours are scheduled and reserved on a first-come basis.

Group Regulations:
All groups must arrive at the agreed set time of plant tour and be prepared. Any delay will result in cancellation of plant tour. Once the plant tour begins individuals who arrive after appointed time slot will not be allowed to join their group. If for any reason, you cannot make the tour on the scheduled time and day, please call 480.726.0001 to let us know you will not be coming. We will be happy to reschedule your tour.

Footwear
No flip-flops or sandals. Closed toe shoes only!

Group Size:
Tour groups are limited to a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 36. Multiple groups are welcomed and scheduled accordingly.

Please Read Before Booking Your Plant Tour

Children under ten (10) years of age cannot be allowed on the plant premises, and there must be at least one (1) adult chaperone for every six (6) children taking the tour. The tour cannot be conducted without the proper number of chaperones. These requirements are necessary to comply with safety and insurance regulations. Also, the facility is NOT handicap accessible. Anyone who requires walking assistance cannot be allowed to tour the plant. If, upon arrival, a group member is deemed unable to complete the tour, he or she will be asked to wait for the group in the front lobby. Please be advised this decision is at the discretion of management.

While no deposit is required to hold your tour reservations. We ask that you call one (1) day in advance to confirm your attendance. Directions to United Fibers and area of parking are located below. Upon arrival, please stop at the front parking lot and send a representative to the front office. Please do not depart any vehicle(s) until your tour guide meets and directs you to tour parking. If for any reason, you cannot make the tour on the scheduled day, please call 480.726.0001 to let us know you will not be coming. We will be happy to reschedule your tour.

Directions
South of Chandler
Boulevard

  • I-60 to Country Club (Arizona Avenue)
  • Exit Country Club (Arizona Avenue) ext 178
  • South on Country Club, which becomes Arizona Avenue
  • Drive approximately five (5) miles to Ray Road
  • Left (east) on Ray Road for one quarter mile
  • United Fibers is located on the left side (north) side of street immediately after the railroad tracks.

Directions
South of Chandler
Boulevard

  • Loop 202 to Arizona Avenue
  • Exit Arizona Avenue - ext 48
  • North on Arizona Avenue
  • Drive approximately three (3) miles to Ray Road
  • Right(east) on Ray Road for one quarter mile
  • United Fibers is located on the left side (north) side of street immediately after the railroad tracks.

Contact Us To Request A Plant Tour

United Fibers
390 East Ray Road Chandler, Arizona 85225
480.726.0001

We look forward to seeing you soon and hope you enjoy the tour!