Landfill Tour

Each resident in Franklin County generates on average 4 to 5 pounds of waste every day, which, if not reused or recycled, composted or diverted, makes it way to the landfill. Every year, approximately a million tons of waste is disposed of at the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill (FCSL). The FCSL is a municipal solid waste landfill designed to protect the environment and regulated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

SWACO owns and operates the FCSL and provides free tours for school groups, interested organizations and clubs. General public tours are also offered a few times a year. The presentation consists of a preliminary discussion and slide show that outlines the engineering, regulations and monitoring of a modern day sanitary landfill.

Visitors will also learn how SWACO diverts materials from the landfill and protects public health. Additional discussion topics include natural resource conservation and how waste reduction and diversion can have a positive impact on the economy.  Immediately following the presentation, participants will visit the landfill working face to observe the operations first-hand.  Attendees will remain in a vehicle at all times. 

Landfill Area

Public Tours


SWACO offers four free public tours of the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill each year.  Availability is limited. Remaining tours will be offered on the following dates and times in 2017:

  • Saturday, August 12 at 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 25 at 9:30 a.m.

Schools Tours


School tours and field trips are provided throughout the year and are scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all student groups. Landfill tours last approximately 60 to 90 minutes and include an in-classroom presentation and an in-vehicle tour.  Check out our Resources for all of your Field Trip needs.

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To inquire about taking a tour of the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill, please contact SWACO.

Landfill Tour Survey 

Did you recently take a Franklin County Sanitary Landfill Tour and you'd like to provide feedback? If so, please take our Landfill Survey. Thank you.