Residential Recycling Information

​If you are a Franklin County resident and you want to start recycling in your home, congratulations! You are part of a growing number of residents who want to help reduce the amount of solid waste going into the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill. SWACO provides co-mingled (does not have to be sorted) recycling drop-off dumpsters 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. Co-mingled recyclables collected at the recycling drop-off sites are taken to the Rumpke 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!

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Accepted Materials

Items that can be crushed or flattened save space on your container and in the recycling drop-off bins. Please flatten your boxes and place all your recycled materials inside the drop-off bin. Mix all items together – no separation required.  All bottles, jugs and cans should be emptied.  Items left beside a recycling bin can easily become litter and is considered illegal dumping.  The items listed below are currently accepted through this recycling program.

Glass Bottles & Jars (all colors)

Metal Cans: Aluminum cans, steel cans and lids, empty aerosol cans with the lids and tips removed

Plastic Bottles (empty, crush, reattach lid): Bottles and jugs that have a small mouth and wider base, such as milk jugs, soda bottles, laundry detergent bottles, water bottles, shampoo bottles and contact solution bottles

Paper: newspaper, magazines, cardboard, mixed office paper and envelopes, paperboard (cereal boxes), pizza boxes free of food debris and grease, telephone books and catalogs

Cartons: food and beverage cartons, such as milk, juice, soup, wine, broth and other cartons.

Non-Accepted Materials

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 page.

Plastic: containers that DO NOT have a bottle neck or a base larger than the top.  For example buckets, yogurt cups, butter tubs, drinking cups, disposable storage containers, toys, plastic bags, plastic films and bubble wrap.

Glass: Ceramics, window or drinking glass, light bulbs and any other glass not in the shape of a bottle or jar.

Paper:
Cups, plates, egg cartons, tissues, etc.

Polystyrene foam or “Styrofoam”: Egg cartons, plates, cups, etc. 

Drink Pouches: Made of or lined with foil and plastic.

Metals: Coat hangers, steel scraps, pots, pans, car parts, chains, and any other metal not in the shape of a container.

​Additional items not accepted as part of this program are: Food, yard waste, garden hoses, plastic bags, cassette tapes, bed sheets, batteries, needles, syringes, and electronics. 

If you have any questions regarding curbside collection of recyclables, solid waste & yard waste in your community please contact your city, township or village offices.

Below is a partial list of communities that offer curbside recycling programs to residents:

  • Bexley: 614.235.8694
  • Blendon Twp: 614.882.1270
  • Columbus: 614.645.3111
  • Dublin: 614.410.4750
  • Gahanna: 614.471.6917
  • Grandview Heights: 614.488.4728
  • Grove City: 614.277.1100
  • Groveport: 614.836.5301
  • Hilliard: 614.876.7361
  • Mifflin Twp: 614.471.4494 
  • New Albany: 614.855.3913   
  • Reynoldsburg: 614.866.6391
  • Upper Arlington: 614.583.5370
  • Washington Twp: 614.652.3920 
  • Westerville: 614.901.6740
  • Whitehall: 614.237.8612
  • Worthington: 614.431.2425
  • Urbancrest: 614.875.1279