Event Container Loan Program

Franklin County is home to hundreds of events each year which make our county a great place to live, work and visit. Our community is also placing greater importance on waste diversion methods including recycling. In 2016, Franklin County's rate of recycling rose to an all-time high of 45%.

Waste Reduction

Every year, over a million tons of waste is safely disposed of at the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill. 60-70% of all the waste at the landfill could have been recycled or composted and has a potential value of $41 million. SWACO's Event Container Loan Program (PDF) is designed to help Franklin County events recycle materials such as glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and metal cans.
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Program Details 

Users may request up to 150 containers for their event. The containers are lightweight and portable. If authorized for use, the containers may be picked up at SWACO.

Eligibility & Application

All events open to the public and located in SWACO's jurisdiction are eligible to apply. Event Organizers must request the containers, no private businesses please.  SWACO requests 2 weeks advance notice prior to the event start date. Approved requests will require a signed Container Loan Agreement before containers may be picked up.

Security Deposit

In exchange for use of the equipment, SWACO requires a security deposit of $250 for every container package requested. Each package includes 25 containers. The deposit is due upon execution of a Container Loan Agreement in the form of a check made payable to SWACO, and shall be returned to user pursuant to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.


In order to measure the impact of the community's recycling efforts, SWACO requests that the amount of waste generated and recyclables diverted during the event be captured and reported to a SWACO Programs Administrator.


Download SWACO's Event Waste Reduction Best Practices Guide (PDF)
Download the City of Columbus 
Green Event Guide (PDF)


For more information, e-mail a Programs Administrator.