Drop-Off Recycling Program

SWACO operates a Drop-Off Recycling program to serve Franklin County residents. In 2017, over 7,000 tons of recyclable material was diverted from the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill through this program. 

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, in June 2018, SWACO expanded the Drop-Off Recycling program to include four new locations. Learn more about those new locations in our news release


In August 2019, SWACO removed the containers located at 235 McNaughten Rd. in East Columbus at the request of the property owner. Alternative, nearby locations are available at 775 Taylor Rd., in Gahanna and 1826 Lattimer Rd., in Columbus. 

Find a Location Near You. 

Materials accepted through the Drop-Off Recycling Program include:


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. 

When Using This Program, Please Remember: 

  • Break-down and flatten cardboard boxes.
  • Keep recyclable loose; don't place them in plastic bags.
  • If you see illegal dumping and misuse of the containers, Report It. Call 614-971-5322 or log on itsacrime.org.
  • Use our Recycling & Reuse Search Tool to find out where to recycle materials not accepted in the Drop-Off Program.