Welcome to SWACO’s Community Assistance Program

Want to improve your communities recycling rate?

Has your community’s recycling rate gone down or at a standstill?

If so, you can do something about that. SWACO stands ready with its Community Assistance program to assist communities in its district with new, creative and effective ways to increase recycling. We can offer technical assistance and resources to save money and increase curbside recycling rates. SWACO representatives are available to meet with you and your representatives.

Please contact: Kristi Higginbotham, Outreach and Programs Manager at 614.871.5100 or kristi.higginbotham@swaco.org to schedule a meeting.

You set the tone of the meeting(s). You set the pace. We can meet as often or as little as you like.


Powerful, FREE, Web-Based Tool to Track Waste and Recycling numbers in Central Ohio!


SWACO is now offering an improved on-line reporting system called Re-TRAC Connect, an upgrade to the original Re-TRAC system.  To register or login to Re-TRAC Connect please visit:

Re-TRAC Connect

Please contact Kristi Higginbotham, Outreach and Programs Manager at 614.871.5100 or kristi.higginbotham@swaco.org with questions or to learn more!

Communities located in the SWACO Jurisdiction

Bexley, Blendon, Brice, Brown, Canal Winchester, Clinton, Columbus, Dublin, Franklin, Gahanna, Grandview Heights, Grove City, Groveport, Hamilton, Harrisburg, Hilliard, Jackson, Jefferson, Lockbourne, Madison, Marble Cliff, Mifflin, Minerva Park, New Albany, Norwich, Obetz, Perry, Plain, Pleasant, Prairie, Reynoldsburg, Riverlea, Sharon, Truro, Urbancrest, Upper Arlington, Valleyview, Washington, Westerville, Whitehall, Worthington


The emission of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide causes global warming. Recycling decreases these emissions because manufacturing with recycled materials consumes less energy, and when less fuels such as oil, gas and coal are burned to produce energy, less greenhouse gas is produced.

By reducing their waste streams, Communities in SWACO's jurisdiction reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalently generated by:

  • The operation of 40,494 cars or
  • The burning of 23,409,037 gallons of gasoline or
  • The burning of 514,415 barrels of oil or
  • The burning of electricity for 20,118 households in one year

Communities working with SWACO in reducing waste streams preserved 1,547 acres of trees and diverted 74,361 tons of recyclable materials from our landfill!

*Figures taken from SWACO’s Re-TRAC Online Municipal Solid Waste Data Management Tool for the years, 2005 to 2008.



SWACO Mission

Manage the District municipal solid waste stream to achieve environmentally responsible and cost-effective disposal, treat solid waste as a resource capable of yielding recovered materials and energy, reduce reliance on landfilling, and plan future disposal capacity for the District.

SWACO Guiding Principles

  • Focus on the use of technically viable and economically sound technologies.
  • Utilize proven business principles in the management of District programs and projects.
  • Promote public awareness and knowledge concerning effective and efficient management of the District municipal solid waste stream.
  • Assure that all initiatives involving outside private or public sector partners identify and incorporate mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Support waste reduction, recycling, and reuse programs and technologies that will be both environmentally and economically sustainable.