Residential Recycling

Franklin County's rate of recycling now exceeds the national average. According to data released by SWACO in 2016, Franklin County's recycling rate is 45% while the national average is 34%. By working together as a community, we've made recycling a priority and easy to do!

Recycling Services


Ninety-six percent of all households have access to curbside recycling (PDF). SWACO also provides recycling drop-off locations throughout Franklin County for public use. SWACO recycling drop-offs are free to the public and include locations at many fire stations, super markets, and Franklin County Metro Parks. Recyclables collected at the recycling drop-off sites are taken to a local material recovery facility where they are sorted, baled and sold to manufacturers.

Remember buying products made of recycled content is an important part of closing the recycling loop!
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Listed below are items currently not accepted through this recycling program. For information on how to recycle or dispose of items like batteries, appliances, furniture, tires, motor oil, visit the SWACO Reuse and Recycling Search Tool..

Plastic


Containers that do not have a bottle-neck or a base larger than the top. For example:
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Butter Tubs
  • Disposable Storage Containers
  • Drinking Cups
  • Plastic Bags
  • Plastic Films
  • Polystyrene foam or "Styrofoam" egg cartons, plates, cups, etc.
  • Toys
  • Yogurt Cups
Single Use Plastic Bags
Please be sure to recycle all plastic single-use bags, films, dry-cleaner bags, etc. with a local grocer that provides recycling containers for the collection of these products. Find a participating retailer

Glass


  • Any glass not in the shape of a bottle or jar
  • Ceramics
  • Light Bulbs
  • Window or Drinking Glass

Paper


  • Cups
  • Egg Cartons
  • Paper Towels
  • Plates
  • Tissues

Drink Pouches


Pouches made of or lined with foil and plastic.

Metals


  • Any metal not in the shape of a container
  • Coat Hangers
  • Steel Scraps
  1. Accepted Materials

Plastic Bottles & Jugs


All plastic bottle-neck containers. Bottle-neck containers have a base larger than the top. Labels and caps do not need to be removed. To ensure that the caps are recycled please be sure to attach to the container. Please rinse bottle-neck containers when necessary. Please be sure to recycle all plastic single-use bags (grocer, retailer, empty sandwich, cereal, bread, and other food storage, etc.), films, dry-cleaner bags, etc. with a local grocer that provides recycling containers for the collection of these products. These materials should not be placed in your home or office recycling containers.

Glass


Clear, brown, green, and blue glass bottles and jars in which food and beverage products are packaged. Labels do not need to be removed. Please rinse containers when necessary.

Paper


  • Brown grocery bags
  • Chip board
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Frozen food boxes
  • "Junk" mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper with ad slicks
  • Office paper
  • Phone books

Carton Containers


Gable-top containers and/or paperboard containers containing items such as:
  • Broth
  • Egg Substitute
  • Fabric Softener
  • Juice
  • Milk
  • Soup
  • Stock
Please rinse all containers.

Metals


  • Aluminum beverage cans, steel and tin cans, and empty aerosol cans
  • Labels do not need to be removed.
  • Please rinse containers when necessary.

Community Curbside Recycling Programs


If you have any questions regarding curbside collection of recyclables, solid waste and yard waste in your community please contact your city, township or village offices. Below is a partial list of communities that offer curbside recycling programs to residents:
  • Bexley
    Phone: 614-235-8694
  • Blendon Township
    Phone: 614-882-1270
  • Columbus
    Phone: 614-645-3111
  • Dublin
    Phone: 614-410-4750
  • Franklin Township
    Phone: 614-279-9411
  • Gahanna
    Phone: 614-342-4440
  • Grandview Heights
    Phone: 614-488-4728
  • Grove City
    Phone: 614-277-1100
  • Groveport
    Phone: 614-836-5301
  • Hilliard
    Phone: 614-876-7361
  • Jackson Township
    Phone: 614-875-2742
  • Mifflin Township
    Phone: 614-471-4494
  • New Albany
    Phone: 614-855-3913
  • Reynoldsburg
    Phone: 614-866-6391
  • Upper Arlington
    Phone: 614-583-5370
  • Washington Township
    Phone: 614-652-3920
  • Westerville
    Phone: 614-901-6740
  • Whitehall
    Phone: 614-237-8612
  • Worthington
    Phone: 614-431-2425
  • Urbancrest
    Phone: 614-875-1279
Recycling Bin