The listing of any of these organizations by SWACO on this website is not an endorsement of any particular business or organization over another. SWACO is not responsible or liable for the collections, operations, processing, policies, disposal or transportation of recyclable materials by any of the listed organizations. If you have any questions about the services provided by those listed, SWACO urges you to ask those questions before turning over your equipment for recycling.
What do I do with my bulk pick-up items?
Please contact the city in which you live to find out how to dispose of bulk items. City of Columbus residents can contact 645-3111.
What do I do with my recyclables?
If you're a resident of Franklin County, there may be a curbside collection service for household recyclables in your community. Most of these programs will accept glass and plastic bottles and containers, cardboard, newspaper, and aluminum cans. Click here to see a list of phone numbers to call for curbside collection in your community. If your community does not offer curbside collection, see the list to the right for drop-box locations in the City of Columbus. Click here for a map of these drop-box locations.
What do I do with my old appliances?
On July 27, 1992, the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio's Franklin County Sanitary Landfill began segregating and recycling appliances. An additional disposal fee is charged to cover the extra labor and recycling costs if appliances are brought to the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill. Residents can take their unwanted appliances directly to:
Central City Auto Parts
1930 McKinley Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43222
Accepts all appliances and refrigerators with Freon. There is a $15.00 fee for Freon removal.
Drop off only – pick up service is not offered.
Columbus Appliance and Parts
2686 Westerville Road
Columbus, Ohio 43224
Takes all appliances and refrigerators with Freon and will evacuate Freon at no charge.
Drop off is free
Pick up fee of $29.50 if inside I-270
Pick up fee of $39.50 if outside I-270
Additional fee may apply if appliance is in basement or difficult location
PSC Metals - Joyce
1283 Joyce Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43219
Will pay for metals and applicances. Will pay for applicances containing Freon and will evacuate Freon at no charge.
PSC Metals - Columbus
2205 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43207
Will pay for metals and appliances. Will pay for appliances containing Freon and will evacuate Freon at no charge.
City of Columbus residents should call bulk pick-up at 645-3111. (Please Note that the City of Columbus will not pick up appliances with Freon).
What do I do with old furniture?
If you have furniture that is in usable condition or old appliances that are still in working order, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio offers a free pickup service. Call them at 614-272-9544 or log onto www.furniturebankcoh.org
King Business Interiors Inc.
6155 Huntley Rd, Suite D, Columbus, OH 43229
King Business Interiors accepts gently used office furniture for redistribution to non-profits. All items need to be evaluated before accepted. For further information please contact
What do I do with my old vehicle battery?
State law bans lead acid batteries from landfill disposal. You can dispose of your lead acid batteries at many auto service centers and automotive stores. Vehicle batteries may also be taken to SWACO's household hazardous waste collection center as well as mobile collections throughout Franklin County. Click here to learn more.
What do I do with my old tires?
State law prohibits the disposal of whole or shredded tires. SWACO is currently researching the recycling potential and energy value of scrap tires. We recommend you pay the small fee charged to dispose of your tires when purchasing new tires for your vehicle. At this time, the only authorized tire disposal facility is
Liberty Tire Recycling
3041 Jackson Pike
Columbus, Ohio 43223
What do I do with my old paint, paint thinner, pesticides, or cleansers?
Household hazardous wastes are materials used in the home that can cause injury or are harmful if disposed of improperly. When you purchase items that may create household hazardous waste, SWACO recommends that you buy only what you need, try to use it all, and donate any leftovers to a school, charity, or friend. Click here to access information on SWACO’s household hazardous waste collection center as well as mobile collections throughout Franklin County.
What do I do with my used motor oil?
Used motor oil should not be put into household garbage, dumped on the ground or poured down the drain. Check with your local garage or oil change station for more information about disposal or visit the SWACO HHW for more information.
What do I do with my yard waste?
Dedicated loads of Yard Waste are banned from SWACO’s Franklin County Landfill by state law. Try backyard composting! A compost pile or bin is a great way to recycle yard waste and enhance your garden. Many Franklin County communities also offer curbside yard waste collection services. Call your local government offices to determine whether your community offers this service. Residents in Franklin County may also take leaves, grass and brush (free of charge) to a compost facility. Please visit the following company websites to learn more:
Kurtz Brothers, Inc.
Com-Til Retail Office
What can I do with my books?
To recycle your old books please visit: www.book-destruction.com
Books may also be dropped off for reuse and/or recycling at any Franklin County Goodwill Store or donation center. Please visit: www.goodwillcolumbus.org to learn more.
Is there somewhere I can dispose of CDs and DVDs?
2038 Britains Ln.
Columbus, Ohio 43224
Visit website for information and shipping label download.
What do I do with building, construction and demolition materials?
Donate new & used building supplies:
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
East: 3140 Westerville Rd, Columbus 43224
West: 240 N. Wilson Rd, Columbus, 43201
Construction & Demolition materials
Frank Road C & D
2230 Brown Road
1377 Harmon Avenue
Is there any place to dispose of wire hangers?
Please check with your local dry cleaner.
What can I do with my computers, cartridges, cell phones and TVs?
Learn more at: Recycle Computers and TVs
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What about Arts & Crafts material?
The Waste Not Center THE WASTE NOT CENTER WAS FORCED TO CEASE OPERATION IN LATE 2012 DUE TO INSUFFICIENT FUNDS TO CONTINUE.
Can I recycle Clothing and Shoes?
Planet Aid is a non-profit organization that collects donated clothing and shoes to protect the environment and support sustainable development in impoverished communities around the world. Local Office and Warehouse: Planet Aid, Inc., 410 Morrison Road, Columbus, OH 43213. Phone: (614) 626-4889.
Sleeping Bags for the Homeless:
Inmates incarcerated in several Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s (ODRC) institutions create and sew sleeping bags for the Ohio’s homeless population from donated material and scrap fabric.
Donations: New or gently used fabric, functional sewing equipment (commercial and non-commercial), sewing supplies including needles, thread, stuffing (i.e. used in pillows), yarn and knitting/crocheting needles.
Drop Off Location: Donations are accepted at the ODRC Central Office located at 770 West Broad Street Columbus, Ohio, directly across from Mount Carmel West Hospital (enter from the rear of the building). Drop off hours are 8:30am to 3:30pm. Please call to make arrangements.
Contact: Brian Niceswanger by phone at (614) 752-1719 or by email at email@example.com. To learn more please visit: http://www.drc.ohio.gov/web/commserv_bags.htm
How do I dispose of prescription drugs?
Visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) website for information about how to dispose of unused medicines.
How can I recycle Polystyrene (Styrofoam)?
2040 S. Hamilton Rd
Columbus OH 43232
Accepts all Polystyrene (Styrofoam), except used food containers.
The Columbus Public Health Department offers a free and anonymous drop off location that accepts needles and lancets free of charge. The program is called Operation Red Box and has a drop off location at the intersection of 20th Street and Mt. Vernon Avenue. More information on this program can be found at:
Operation Red Box