Recycle Right, Make a Difference

Why recycle?

In 2016, 2.1 million tons of waste was generated by the residents and businesses in Franklin County. That's enough material to fill Ohio Stadium four times! And even though nearly half of that material is being recycled or composted, over one million tons of waste still finds its way to Franklin County's landfill every year. Recycling has never been more important.  

It's time to throw out bad recycling habits. 

It's not enough just to recycle. It's also important to recycle right. Putting unaccepted items into your recycle bin can cause delays and add expense to the recycling process. 


In Franklin County, there are five materials that can be put into your recycling bin.


Everything else should be reused, donated, composted or disposed of safely. 

When preparing the above items for recycling, make sure all boxes are broken down and all bottles and cans are emptied.

Materials that shouldn’t be in your recycle bin include:

  • Plastic bags
  • Any plastic item that isn't a bottle or jug
  • Plastic or foam food containers 
  • Tanglers such as garden hoses, wires, chains, clothing or electronics
  • Light bulbs
  • Styrofoam
  • Containers used to store hazardous material 

You take out the bins. We'll take out the hassle.

SWACO is making it easier than ever to recycling. Partnering with local governments and waste haulers, curbside recycling is provided to 96% of Franklin County's households. In addition, we operate 50 drop-off recycling locations for businesses and residents without recycling or who need additional recycling.  

Keeping Ohio Green. 

By just taking a few minutes to recycle, you'll be making a lasting impact in ways you may not have even considered. 

Healthier air - Recycling has significant and positive impacts on air quality. 

Thicker forests - It takes 24 trees to make a ton of paper. Recycled paper not only saves a multitude of trees, it also creates 70% less pollution. 

Less wildlife habitat destruction - Making products from recycled material reduces the impact on nature caused by creating goods from virgin materials. 

Reduced energy consumption - Recycling doesn't just conserve natural resources like timber and materials, it also reduces the energy required to create those goods. 

30% of material in the Franklin County landfill is paper and cardboard - that's the equivalent of 23,750 garbage trucks full of highly recyclable material.

Helping the environment is only the beginning. 

Seventy percent of all the material that comes to the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill could have been recycled or composted. By taking the time to recycle properly, you'll be protecting the environment and reducing strain on our landfill. But the benefits of recycling extend far beyond protecting our air, waterways and natural resources. 

In fact, recycling also: 

Supports 10 times the amount of jobs as landfilling, while also creating new value-added products. 

Creates well-paying jobs in recycling and manufacturing industries. 

Recycling extends the life of landfills and slows the need for costly construction of new landfill space. 


Have a question about what's accepted or not accepted for recycling in Franklin County? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

What to Do with Unwanted Items

Our Recycling and Reuse Search Tool scours over 60 organizations with over 50 drop-off locations to find the best place to donate, recycle, compost or safely dispose of a wide range of items.

Find a Recycling Drop-Off Location Near You

Don’t have access to recycling at your home or business? Search our drop-off recycling locations to find the closest location.