Event Container Loan Program

SWACO's Event Container Loan Program is designed to help Franklin County events effectively reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost!

Event Waste Reduction

Franklin County is home to hundreds of events each year which make our county a great place to live, work and visit.

  • 60-70% of all landfilled materials could have been recycled or composted for a potential value of $41 million. 
  • Our community is placing greater importance on waste diversion methods including recycling. In 2016, Franklin County's rate of recycling rose to an all-time high of 46.5%. 

Container Loan Overview

  • Users may request up to 150 recycling containers or 75 recycling and 75 landfill containers for their event. 10 compost containers are also available. 
  • The containers are lightweight and portable. 
  • If approved, containers may be picked up at SWACO during normal work hours M-F.
  • Bins perform best with 40” x 45” (45 gallon) bags.

Container Loan Logistics

  • All events open to the public and located in SWACO's jurisdiction (PDF map) are eligible to apply. 
  • Requests must be emailed to [email protected] two weeks prior to the event.
  • Approved requests will require a signed Container Loan Agreement and a $10 deposit for each container loaned (i.e. 25 containers = $250 deposit). The deposit check will be returned pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Loan Agreement. 
  • In order to measure the impact of this program, Event Organizers are required to share the amount of materials recycled, composted, and/ or landfilled with SWACO via a  final report.

Event Waste Reduction Resources

  • Download SWACO's Event Waste Reduction Best Practices Guide (PDF) for tips and tricks to host a more sustainable event.
  • Watch short recorded webinars to learn what's recyclable at events and why, strategies for waste reduction, and more. 
  • Request recycling training for your event volunteers and staff by emailing [email protected]

Sorting Signs

Download sorting signage to help your guests know what to put where! The signs hyperlinked below are 11x17. 


For more information, e-mail SWACO.