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Yard Waste & Composting

If you have a home, yard or garden, you probably generated yard waste. Yard waste consists of brush, grass clippings, mixed yard waste, Christmas trees, tree stumps (no root balls), shrubbery and leaves. It does not include food or animal waste, soil, sod, dirt, rocks or plant pots.

Keeping yard waste out of the landfill is easy to do. SWACO provides opportunities for all Franklin County residents to divert organic waste from the waste stream and turn it into compost.

Backyard Composting:
Gather grass clippings, leaves and brush to create a home compost system.
The rich hummus produced can be used for the lawn and garden.
Compost adds nutrients to plants, retains soil moisture and offers a natural alternative to chemicals.

Curbside Pick-Up:
Available for most Franklin County residents.
Check with your community to determine if and when yard waste will be picked up.

SWACO partners with several local businesses, providing financial support for them to process residents' yard waste and turn it into compost.
Fees may apply.

To learn more visit: 

Kurtz Bros.

Free for Franklin County residents 

Ohio Mulch

Homeowners, to drop-off yard waste free-of-charge, please 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.

Com-Til Retail Office

Free for Franklin County residents 

The City of Columbus Com-Til Compost Facility provides free disposal of trees and bushes. Items not accepted include: plastic bags, trash, grass or sod.

Acceptable Materials

All materials must be placed in bulk form or in biodegradable paper bags:

  • Brush
  • Grass Clippings
  • Mixed Yard Waste
  • Christmas Trees
  • Stumps (No Root Balls)
  • Shrubbery
  • Leaves
  • Bulking Agents

Christmas Tree Recycling Information

The Christmas trees you set out for pick-up go to one of SWACO's sponsored compost facilities. Please be sure to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other decorations.