Yard Waste

If you have a home, yard or garden, you probably generate yard waste (PDF). Leaves, brush, grass clippings, branches and shrubbery are all considered yard waste and are not accepted at the landfill. 

Diversion Opportunities

Keeping yard waste out of the landfill is easy to do. SWACO provides opportunities for all Franklin County residents to divert organic waste from the waste stream and turn it into compost. 

Backyard Composting

  • Gather grass clippings, leaves and brush to create a home compost system.
  • The rich hummus produced can be used for the lawn and garden.
  • Compost adds nutrients to plants, retains soil moisture and offers a natural alternative to chemicals.
  • Download our easy-to-use Compost at Home Guide

Curbside Pick-Up

  • Available for most Franklin County residents
  • Check with your community to determine if and when yard waste will be picked up


Yard waste consists of:
  • Brush
  • Christmas Trees
  • Grass Clippings
  • Leaves
  • Shrubbery
  • Tree Stumps (No Root Balls)

Not Accepted

It does not include:

Compost Facilities


SWACO partners with several local businesses, providing financial support for them to process residents' yard waste and turn it into compost. Fees may apply. 

Kurtz Brothers

  • Free yard waste drop-off for Franklin County residents at all Kurtz Brothers participating locations.
  • Kurtz Brothers Website

Ohio Mulch

  • For residents, drop-off yard waste at Ohio Mulch free-of-charge, please meet these two requirements:
  1. Be a resident of Franklin County; and,
  2. The diameter of the material being dropped off is less than one-quarter inch in diameter

Com-Til Retail Office

Christmas Tree Recycling

The Christmas trees you set out for pick-up go to one of SWACO's sponsored compost facilities. Please be sure to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other decorations.