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.

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 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:

A-Z Recycling Inc.
1465 E 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43219
614-298-8587
Accepts appliances without Freon.

Mark Gray Enterprises
464 North Highland Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43204
614-272-0555
Accepts appliances with Freon.

PSC Metals - Joyce
1283 Joyce Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43219
614-299-4175
Will pay for metals and appliances. Will pay for appliances containing Freon and will evacuate Freon at no charge.

PSC Metals - Columbus
2205 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43207
614-443-0518
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 614-645-3111. (Please note: 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 please donate!  The below organizations accept gently used items for reuse:

Furniture Bank of Central Ohio - Offers a free pickup service
614-272-9544
http://furniturebankcoh.org/

Goodwill Columbus
614-583-0352
Goodwill Columbus accepts gently used furniture. Also accepts at various drop-off locations around Columbus, Please see website for all locations www.gooodwillcolumbus.org. For further information please contact Kat Ellery: Kathleen Ellery.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

East: 3140 Westerville Rd, Columbus 43224
West: 240 N. Wilson Rd, Columbus, 43201
614-364-7028
www.ReStoreColumbus.org

Office Furniture
King Business Interiors Inc.
6155 Huntley Rd, Suite D, Columbus, OH 43229
614-430-0020
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:
darlaking@kbiinc.com

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.

Also visit BatteriesPlus for a listing of drop-off locations.

What do I do with fluorescent light (including compact) bulbs and ballasts?

SWACO HHW disposal program

BatteriesPlus

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. At this time, the only authorized tire disposal facility is:

Liberty Tire Recycling 
3041 Jackson Pike
Columbus, Ohio 43223
614-871-8097 

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

Ohio Mulch

What can I do with my books?

To recycle or donate books please visit:

Better World Books 

Book-destruction.com 

Goodwill Columbus

Is there somewhere I can dispose of CDs and DVDs?

Greendisk
Visit website for information and shipping label download.
www.greendisk.com

RecycleForce Columbus
2120 Britains Lane
Columbus, Ohio 43224
859-227-0263
www.recycleforcecolumbus.org

Goodwill Columbus
Visit the Goodwill website for our many donation locations

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
614-364-7028
www.ReStoreColumbus.org

Disposal:
Construction & Demolition materials
Frank Road C & D
2230 Brown Road
Columbus, Ohio
614-539-3722
www.frankroadc-d.com

Scotts Landfill
1377 Harmon Avenue
Columbus, Ohio
614-443-7134

Is there any place to dispose of wire hangers?

Please check with your local dry cleaner.

What can I do with my computers, TVs, small appliances, and other types of Electronic "e"Waste?

Learn more at: Recycle Computers and TVs

Goodwill Columbus
1331 Edgehill Road
Columbus Ohio, 43212
614.453.0352

Kat Ellery, Community Outreach Coordinator
kathleen.ellery@gwcols.com
www.goodwillcolumbus.org

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday
9am-5pm

Main Drop-off at warehouse:
2660 Fisher Road, Columbus, OH 43204.
Also accepts at various drop-off locations around Columbus,
Please see website for all locations www.gooodwillcolumbus.org.

Accepts almost all consumer, business, and commercial electronics free of charge, including; appliances (microwave, vacuums), restaurant equipment, and office equipment, cell phones, cameras, stereos, telephones, desktop computers, laptops and PDA’s, monitors, scanners and fax, mice and keyboards, printers, copiers, networking equipment (servers, routers), computer related equipment (ex. Memory, hard drives, cords, cables, laptop batteries), VCR/DVD/CD players, audio equipment, IT gear/accessories, lithium ion (rechargeable) batteries, digital cable boxes, MP3 players, (iPOD, etc.) video game systems IT scrap, and much more. Free pickup is offered to businesses, schools, and government agencies with larger volumes of equipment. All LCD, LES, plasma flat screen TV's, of any size, are accepted free of charge. Tube TV's are not accepted. Donation receipts are available. Commercial pickup is available by calling ahead of time.

Cell Phones


Learn more at:
www.ccompa.org
www.e-Cycle.com
www.goodwillcolumbus.org
www.recycleforcecolumbus.org
www.smartrecycle.com
www.thinkrecycle.com

Printer Cartridges

Learn more at: 
​www.ccompa.org
www.cartridgeworldusa.com
www.goodwillcolumbus.org
www.recycleforcecolumbus.org
www.thinkrecycle.com

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.

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.
Local Office: Goodwill Columbus
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: (614) 583-0352. Calling ahead of time to verify if items are needed for art studio & gallery and other activities.

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.

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.
Local Office and Warehouse: Goodwill Columbus
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, OH 43212.
Phone: (614) 583-0352.

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 brian.niceswanger@odrc.state.oh.us. 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 medicine
Visit the DEA National Take back Initiative page for prescription drugs at:  http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/
Visit the NADDI website to find a drop-off location near you.  Learn more at: http://rxdrugdropbox.org/

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
web: www.plasticscrap.us

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

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