Franklin County's rate of recycling now exceeds the national average. According to data released by SWACO in 2016, Franklin County's recycling rate is 40% while the national average is 34%.
By working together as a community, we've made recycling a priority and easy to do!
Ninety-six percent of all households have access to curbside recycle. SWACO also provides commingled (does not have to be sorted) recycling drop-off locations throughout Franklin County for public use. SWACO recycling drop-offs are free to the public and include locations at Columbus City Schools plus many fire stations, super markets, and Franklin County Metro Parks. Commingled recyclables collected at the recycling drop-off sites are taken to the Rumpke's material recovery facility where they are sorted, baled and sold to manufacturers.
Remember buying products made of recycled content is an important part of closing the recycling loop!
Accepted Materials for Curbside and Drop-Off Containers:
Plastic: All plastic bottle neck containers. Bottle neck containers have a base larger than the top. Labels and caps do not need to be removed. Please rinse containers when necessary. NOTE: Please be sure to recycle all plastic single-use bags (grocer, retailer, empty sandwich, cereal, bread, and other food storage, etc.), films, dry-cleaner bags, etc. with a local grocer that provides recycling containers for the collection of these products. These materials should not be placed in your home or office recycling containers.
Glass: Clear, brown, green, and blue glass bottles and jars in which food and beverage products are packaged. Labels do not need to be removed. Please rinse containers when necessary.
Paper: Newspaper with ad slicks, magazines, phone books, brown grocery bags, frozen food boxes, "junk" mail, chip board, corrugated cardboard, and office paper.
Carton Containers: Gable-top containers and/or paperboard containers containing items such as milk, juice, fabric softener, egg substitute, soup, stock, and broth. Please rinse all containers.
Metals: Aluminum beverage cans, steel and tin cans, and empty aerosol cans. Labels do not need to be removed. Please rinse containers when necessary.
Please don't place these items in Curbside Recycling or Drop-Off Containers:
Listed below are items currently not accepted through this recycling program. For information on how to recycle or dispose of items like batteries, appliances, furniture, tires, motor oil, visit the SWACO Disposal Information
Containers that DO NOT have a bottle neck
or a base larger than the top. For example, yogurt cups, butter tubs, drinking cups, disposable storage containers, toys, plastic bags, plastic films and bubble wrap. Note:
Polystyrene foam or “Styrofoam” egg cartons, plates, cups, etc. are NOT accepted. Please be sure to recycle all plastic single-use bags (grocer, retailer, empty sandwich, cereal, bread, and other food storage, etc.), films, dry-cleaner bags, etc. with a local grocer that provides recycling containers for the collection of these products. Find a participating retailer.
Ceramics, window or drinking glass, light bulbs and any other glass not in the shape of a bottle or jar.
Cups, plates, egg cartons, tissues, etc.
Made of or lined with foil and plastic.
Coat hangers, steel scraps and any other metal not in the shape of a container.