Disposal Information

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.

Can residents deliver waste to the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill (FCSL)?

Yes, residents may bring waste to the FCSL.  All loads must be tarped.  Hours of operation are 5:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6:00 a.m. until noon on Saturdays, closed on Sundays and all major holidays.  The tipping fee is $42.75 per ton.  Residents pay a $5.00 minimum and the tipping fee is prorated for loads weiging less than 1 ton.  Click here for more details found under General Landfill Questions.

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 614-645-3111.

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 metal containers, and plastic bottle-neck containers, cardboard, and newspaper.  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 (FCSL) 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. Appliances are accepted for a charge of $20.00 for each appliance. Appliances containing Freon must have the Freon removed from the appliance by a licensed Freon recycler. SWACO is NOT a licensed Freon recycler.  The appliance must be tagged by the recycler as “Freon free.” in order for the appliance to be accepted at the FCSL.  Residents should inquire about disposal and donation at the following locations:

Best Buy

Furniture Bank of Central Ohio - Offers a free pickup service

Habitat for Humanity Restore - Accepts working appliances
East: 3140 Westerville Rd, Columbus 43224
West: 240 N. Wilson Rd, Columbus, 43201

Mark Gray Enterprises
464 North Highland Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43204
Accepts 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 please donate!  The below organizations accept gently used items for reuse:

Furniture Bank of Central Ohio - Offers a free pickup service

Goodwill Columbus
Goodwill Columbus accepts gently used furniture. Also accepts at various drop-off locations around Columbus.  Please see website for all locations.  For further information please contact Kelly Engbersen, e: kelly.engbersen@gwcols.com 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
East: 3140 Westerville Rd, Columbus 43224
West: 240 N. Wilson Rd, Columbus, 43201

Office Furniture
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 Darla King

What do I do with my old Vehicle Battery and Other Batteries?

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.

For a listing of drop-off locations also visit: 

Batteries Plus Bulbs 

Best Buy 

What do I do with my old Vehicle?

Visit Wheels for Wishes to find out how to donate.

What do I do with Fluorescent Light (including compact) Bulbs and Ballasts?

Batteries Plus Bulbs

SWACO HHW disposal program

What do I do with my old Tires?

State law prohibits the disposal of whole or shredded tires. We recommend you pay the small fee charged to dispose of your tires when purchasing new tires for your vehicle. For more information please visit:

Liberty Tire Recycling
3041 Jackson Pike
Columbus, Ohio 43223

What do I do with Paint Thinner, Pesticides, or Cleansers?

Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) 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. For more information please visit the SWACO HHW page for permanent drop-off and mobile collection information.

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 page 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 to a compost facility. Please visit the following company websites to learn more:

Com-Til Retail Office -
FREE drop-off and disposal to Franklin County residents
 Kurtz Brothers, Inc. -   FREE drop-off and disposal to Franklin County resident
Ohio Mulch -

Homeowners are permitted to drop off yard waste for FREE
if they meet these two requirements:
1. The homeowner is a resident of Franklin County AND
2. The diameter of the material being dropped off is less than
one-quarter (1/4) inch in diameter.


What do I do with my Used Books?

To recycle or donate books please visit:  

Better World Books 

Goodwill Columbus

What do I do with my old CDs and DVDs?

Best Buy
Visit website for drop-off locations.

Visit website for information and shipping label download.

Goodwill Columbus
Visit website for donation locations.

What do I do with Building, Construction and Demolition Materials?

Donate new & used building materials:

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
East: 3140 Westerville Rd, Columbus 43224
West: 240 N. Wilson Rd, Columbus, 43201

Dispose of construction & demolition materials:

Frank Road C & D Recycling Solutions
2230 Brown Road
Columbus, Ohio

Scott Wrecking C & D Landfill
1377 Harmon Avenue
Columbus, Ohio

What do I do with Wire Hangers?

Please check with your local dry cleaner.

What do I do with my Computers, TVs, Small Appliances, and other types of Electronic "e" Waste?

Learn more at:

Recycle e-Waste 

Greener Gadgets

Best Buy 

What do I do with old cell phones?

Best Buy
Community Computer Alliance
Goodwill Columbus
Think Recycle

What do I do with Printer Cartridges? 

Best Buy
Cartridge World
Community Computer Alliance
Goodwill Columbus
Think Recycle

What do I do with Art and Craft Materials?

Goodwill Columbus donation locations - Please call location ahead of time to verify if items are needed for art studio & gallery and other activities.

Wholly Craft
3515 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43214

Please note: the Waste Not Center is no longer in operation.

What do I do with Clothing and Shoes?     

Goodwill Columbus is a non-profit organization that collects donated clothing and shoes to build independence, quality of life and work opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other barriers.  Please visit the Goodwill Columbus website for donation locations

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
410 Morrison Road, Columbus, OH 43213
Phone: (614) 626-4889

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 614-752-1719 for more information.

What do I do with Prescription Drugs?

Visit: http://epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/Home/Rx.aspx Ohio Environmental Protection Agency webpage.
Visit: http://rxdrugdropbox.org/ RX drop box to search for a drop box near you. 
Visit: U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) website for information about how to dispose of unused medication.
Visit: Drug Enforcements Association's National Take Back Initiative page for proper prescription drug disposal.
Visit: National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) to find drop-off locations near you. 

How can I recycle Polystyrene (Styrofoam)?

Phoenix Recycling
2040 S. Hamilton Rd
Columbus OH 43232
tel: 614-226-9617
fax: 614-443-9790
email: phoenix@plasticscrap.us

Accepts all Polystyrene (Styrofoam), except used food containers.

What do I do with Used Needles?

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