If you have a home, yard or garden, you probably generate yard waste (PDF). Leaves, grass clippings, shrubs, weeds and brush, and twigs and small branches are all considered yard waste and are not accepted at the landfill.
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.
Residents can manage yard waste materials through Franklin County’s curbside yard waste pickup program, which is available in most communities. Yard waste can also be dropped off at a participating local business or easily composted at home.
Properly disposing of yard waste offers several benefits:
It saves space in the landfill.
It reduces the amount of greenhouse gases being generated.
It promotes the use of natural, renewable resources.
Live Christmas Tree Recycling
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.
NOTICE: Effective Jan. 1, 2023 yard waste generated by Franklin County residents, including Christmas trees, will only be accepted free of charge at Ohio Mulch facilities (details below). Previously, Franklin County residents could also take yard waste to Kurtz Bros. facilities free of charge. Due to contractual changes, Kurtz Bros. facilities may no longer accept residential yard waste (including Christmas trees) or may charge a fee for its acceptance. If a resident desires to take material to a Kurtz Bros. facility they are strongly encouraged to contact the facility directly prior to delivery to confirm acceptance and any applicable charges.
To keep yard waste out of the landfill and provide residents with a convenient way to manage their yard waste, SWACO partners with various compost facilities to accept these materials, free of charge, from Franklin County residents. These companies turn the yard waste into mulch and composting material for resale.
As a result, SWACO helps Franklin County residents and businesses divert nearly 200,000 tons of organic lawn and yard waste from the landfill each year.
Offers free yard waste drop-off for Franklin County
Offers free yard waste drop-off for Franklin County residents
Hours of operation and items accepted are limited. Visit City of Columbus for more information.
Weeds and Brush
Twigs and small branches
No Food/Pet Waste
No Dirt or Rocks
No Plastic Bags or Bottles
No Plastic Plant Pots
Don't Use Plastic Bags to collect yard waste. Keep it loose or use compostable bags.
Most local communities provide curbside collection of yard waste to their residents.To participate in one of these programs, residents should put yard waste in biodegradable paper bags, available at most grocery and hardware stores, or place it in a container clearly marked “yard waste” and set it on the curb.
Contact your local community to find out the collection day and other details of your local program.
Backyard composting is also an option for residents who want an easy and inexpensive way to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich compost for their lawns and gardens.
Gather grass clippings, leaves and brush to create a home compost system.
The rich compost produced can be used for the lawn and garden.
Compost adds nutrients to plants, retains soil moisture and offers a natural alternative to chemicals.