Education News

SWACO, Columbus Launch New Initiative to Increase Plastic Bag Recycling and Reuse

New Bring Me Back program promotes the proper recycling and reuse of plastic bags

Executive Director Update: Ty Marsh

SWACO is leading three major public processes that strive to reduce the cost of waste disposal, increase technologies to recycle more and generate income, and extend the life of the landfill beyond the next two generations. The results of two studies will assist SWACO in moving forward.


For More information:
Kristi Higginbotham, Outreach and Programs Manager

4239 London-Groveport Rd
Grove City, Ohio 43123

Administrative Office Hours Only:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Saturdays, Sundays & Major Holidays

From downtown Columbus, take interstate 71 south towards Grove City.  Exit 97 ( London- Groveport Road) and turn right.  Head west to the SWACO Administration Office Building, located at the corner of London-Groveport Road and Young Road, about 1 mile off of the interstate.
SWACO offers a number of environmental education programs and resources to Franklin County teachers, students and residents.

Tour the Landfill:

Are you looking for a different type of field trip that students are sure to remember and learn valuable environmental and ecological lessons from? Come and tour the landfill. Learn more here.

Download Classroom Resources:

Activities, lessons, and fact sheets focus on solid waste reduction and resource conservation. Learn more here.

Teacher Workshops and Resources:

Each year SWACO partners with Central Ohio organizations in providing teacher workshops.  There is also a wide array of environmental resources available at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Learn more here.

Kids Corner:

Click here to play games and download a cartoon.

SWACO Grants Program:

For more information on how to apply for a SWACO Grant click here.

SWACO Mission

To improve the community's solid waste stream through effective reduction, recycling and disposal.

SWACO Guiding Principles:

  • COLLABORATE with our public and private partners
  • OPERATE with transparency, efficiency, and innovation
  • LEVERAGE the waste stream for economic benefit
  • CONTRIBUTE to a safe and healthy community