Electronic waste (E-waste), which covers almost any electronic device that has a cord or a battery, continues to be one of the fastest growing waste sectors in the United States. Electronic devices are being discarded at an increasing rate as technology continues to improve. Most E-waste has the potential to be reused, refurbished, or recycled, and typically contains highly recyclable materials including valuable metals. E-waste may include devices such as:
Keyboards, mice and similar peripheral devices
To safely remove e-waste from the waste stream, SWACO created the E-Waste Diversion Program (PDF) to collect and recycle old, unwanted e-waste in an environmentally-responsible manner. SWACO's E-Waste Diversion Program is open to Franklin County government agencies and all the cities, villages, townships and school districts located within the County.
SWACO has contracted with two local, certified vendors for the collection and recycling of e-waste. These vendors were selected as the result of a competitive bidding process and for their dedication to recycling e-waste in an environmentally responsible manner by following proper recycling practices.
E-waste recycling services are available to local government entities through two SWACO contracts. Each contracted company is R2 certified, which requires them to meet and follow environmentally responsible recycling standards. Government entities located in Franklin County can opt into these SWACO contracts in order to received the same e-waste recycling services available to SWACO.
Three types of e-waste recycling services are available:
Collection and recycling of e-waste generated at county, city, village township, or school district buildings and facilities.
Collection and recycling of residential e-waste collected by a government entity at a permanent drop-off location. These drop-off locations are usually available to residents inside of a publicly accessible government building, and are typically very simple in design.
Collection and recycling of e-waste from the public through a mobile collection event held by the community, school district, or government agency. The mobile collection event is held on a specific day and time and collection is managed by the contractor.
SWACO has negotiated terms and conditions for the collection and processing of e-waste for each of the services identified above. There is typically a cost involved with receiving these services, although depending on the type and quantity of material accepted there may be a revenue stream generated as well from some types of material.
SWACO encourages all communities, school districts, and government agencies to participate in this important waste diversion program in order to assure that e-waste generated in your community or organization is properly reused, refurbished, or recycled.
This program is open to Franklin County government agencies and all cities, villages, townships and school districts located within Franklin County. Contact the E-Waste Diversion Program for more information.