Drop-Off Recycling Program

SWACO operates a Drop-Off Recycling Program to serve Franklin County residents. As recycling evolves, and the needs and behaviors of central Ohio residents and businesses change, SWACO's programs strive to keep pace. To that end, the Drop-Off Recycling Program is changing. On July 1, 2017, the containers located at Columbus City Schools will no longer be available for public use. 

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Materials accepted through the Drop-Off Recycling Program are listed below. In 2016, over 8,500 tons of recyclable material was diverted from the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill through this program. 
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Non-Accepted Materials: 


The following items are not currently accepted through this recycling program. 
  • Plastic: Containers that DO NOT have a bottle neck or a base larger than the top. For example, yogurt cups, butter tubs, drinking cups, disposable storage containers, toys, plastic bags, plastic films and bubble wrap, and plastic utensils. Note: Polystyrene foam or "Styrofoam" egg cartons, plates, cups, etc. are NOT accepted. 
  • Glass: Ceramics, window or drinking glass, light bulbs and any other glass not in the shape of a bottle or jar. 
  • Paper: Cups, plates, egg cartons, tissues, etc. 
  • Drink Pouches: Made of or lined with foil and plastic. 
  • Metals: Coat hangers, steel scraps and any other metal not in the shape of a container. 

We Want to Hear from You


Users of SWACO’s Drop-Off Recycling program are encouraged to participate in a short survey so that we may learn how to better serve you.