SWACO News

Posted on: July 17, 2017

Collection Events are a Hit...Why Wait?

Were you one of 942 cars waiting in line at the Earth Day Household Hazardous Waste collection event?  If so, SWACO, the environment and the community thank you.

A total of 72,481 lbs. of materials were collected - an increase of 17,108 over last year’s event.

Due to the incredible response, the collection hours were expanded to allow all participants the opportunity to drop off their materials.

Permanent Location Operates Three Days a Week
You don’t have to wait for the next collection event. SWACO operates a permanent location Household Hazardous Waste Center at:

645 E. 8th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43201
(The corner of E. 8th and Essex Avenue)
Phone: 614-294-1300

SWACO has expanded the hours and added an extra day for the convenience of residents of Franklin County. Residents can bring accepted waste items for recycling and/or environmentally safe disposal.

Weekly Hours (Closed Holidays)
Wednesdays: 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fridays: 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

If you like the community spirit involved in participating during a collection event, then mark your calendar for these upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events:

September 9
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Westerville Service Department
350 Park Meadow Road
Westerville, OH 43081

September 30
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Grove City Service Department
3262 Ventura Boulevard
Grove City, OH 43123

October 21
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ohio History Connection
800 E. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211

Drug Take Back Events Break New Record

National Drug Take Back Day events in central Ohio set a new record as well, collecting over 3,254 lbs. of unwanted prescription drugs and medications. Fifteen locations participated and below are the leading collection sites:

Collection Leaders                                                                            Pounds Collected

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office                                                  1,632
Grove City                                                                                           797
Worthington                                                                                      147
Reynoldsburg                                                                                    142
Upper Arlington                                                                               104

Safely disposing of your prescription drugs is easy and convenient and there are many Franklin County community drop-off locations that are available now and open to the public. 

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