Landfill Tour

The Franklin County Sanitary Landfill (FCSL) is a municipal solid waste landfill designed to protect the environment and regulated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.  Every year, just over 1 million tons of waste is disposed of at the (FCSL).  Each resident in Franklin County generates on average 4 to 5 pounds of waste every day.  If these materials are not reduced, reused, recycled, composted or diverted, but rather tossed in the trash, they are disposed of at the landfill. 

SWACO owns and operates the FCSL and provides free tours for school groups, interested organizations and clubs. General public tours are also offered bi-monthly (6 yearly).
Landfill Area

Visitors will hear a presentation consisting of a discussion and slide show that outlines the engineering, regulations and monitoring of a modern-day sanitary landfill.  Visitors will also learn how SWACO diverts materials from the landfill and protects public health. Additional discussion topics include how to effectively recycle in Franklin County, natural resource conservation and how waste reduction and diversion can have a positive impact on the economy.  

Immediately following the presentation, participants will visit the landfill working face in a bus or SWACO vehicle to observe the operations first-hand.  Attendees will remain in a vehicle at all times. 

As we continue to navigate the pandemic, a large number of Ohioans remain unvaccinated and at-risk, including everyone under the age of 12. Here at SWACO, the health and safety of our employees and visitors are extremely important. For those coming into a SWACO building, CDC guidelines will be followed, and under no circumstances should any person (employee, contractor, vendor, visitor) enter a SWACO facility if that person is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (such as fever at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, the new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea) or is isolating or quarantining after being exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 or having lab-confirmed COVID-19.

Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals will be required to wear masks while in our facilities and on the landfill tour. SWACO will provide hand sanitizer and disposal masks for all groups. The Resource Center classroom will be cleaned after each tour group to decrease the risk of infection from surfaces. 

***STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK – No one should be attending the landfill tour if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, isolating, or quarantining after being exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have COVID-19. If anyone becomes ill during the tour, they will be sent home. 


Take Our Virtual Tour 

Interested in hosting a SWACO educator virtually to further discuss the importance of waste reduction, recycling and safe disposal at the landfill? 

Send an email to [email protected] or call 614-782-9418 to schedule a program. 

  • SWACO Virtual Tour student worksheet for primary grade levels - download here
  • SWACO Virtual Tour student worksheet for secondary grade levels - download here

School Tours

School tours and field trips are provided throughout the year.  Tours are offered Monday - Friday between 9 am - 4pm and last approximately 60 to 90 minutes.  The tour includes an in-classroom presentation at the Resource Center and ends with an in-vehicle tour of the landfill. SWACO offers schools within Franklin County bus reimbursement up to $220 for transportation expenses.  Children in 1st grade and above are welcomed. 

Education Resources for Your School Field Trip to SWACO

  • SWACO Sanitary Landfill poster - download here 
  • SWACO student worksheet, primary grade levels - download here and have students complete this activity before, during or after the field trip.
  • SWACO student worksheet, secondary grade levels - download here and have students complete this activity before, during or after the field trip.

Community Tours

Tours for the general public are provided several times a year and are free to the public.  Tours last approximately 90 minutes and include a presentation at the Resource Center and end with an in-vehicle tour.  Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on the tours.  The next public tour will be offered:

  •  Saturday, November 13 at 10 am
  •  Saturday, December 4 at 10 am
Space is limited and is reserved on a first come first served basis.  To inquire further or to sign up please follow the below link.

Sign Up

To inquire about taking a tour of the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill, please contact SWACO.

Landfill Tour Survey 

Did you recently take a Franklin County Sanitary Landfill Tour and you'd like to provide feedback? If so, please take our Landfill Survey Thank you.