Leveraging the Waste Stream
Central Ohio is home to hundreds of businesses who rely on recyclables for their operations. This is a growing sector of the economy that must be nurtured and SWACO has a responsibility to attract and support more businesses, jobs and investment around recycling and sustainability.
To fully achieve the economic potential of Franklin County’s waste stream, SWACO will lead the way by creating partnerships and convening businesses that are creating value from materials and energy diverted from the landfill. More and more businesses are convinced there is a connection between jobs and sustainability, and SWACO is here to support them.
Realizing Our Potential
Supporting a Circular Economy
Get to Know Some of Ohio's Recycling-Reliant Businesses
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To fully achieve the economic potential of Franklin County’s waste stream, SWACO will lead the way by creating partnerships and convening businesses that are creating value from materials and energy diverted from the landfill.
Current Partnerships & Projects Underway
Thanks to a public-private partnership between SWACO and BQ Energy Development, LLC, a former closed landfill site will be re-envisioned into a renewable solar facility, generating enough green energy to power more than 5,000 homes a year.
The approximately 173-acre property located between Jackson Pike and I-71 in Grove City, Ohio will be leased to BQ Energy with the intent to develop, build and operate a solar energy facility.
This innovative public-private partnership turns landfill gas into renewable energy for homes. As the bacteria within a landfill consume organic materials like food, paper and wood, gases are produced.
To ensure this gas doesn’t escape into the atmosphere, SWACO’s Gas Collection and Control System (GCCS) has more than 200 gas extraction wells and miles of underground piping, which converts the gas under vacuum to either SWACO’s flare for destruction or to Aria Energy’s High BTU facility for treatment. Last year alone, landfill gas sold to Aria Energy generated more than $3.5 million in revenue for SWACO, where it becomes a renewable energy source for Central Ohioans.
SWACO currently has 100% gas collection coverage over regulatory applicable areas.
This public-private partnership captures and converts enough methane gas from the current Franklin County Sanitary Landfill to heat 13,386 homes in Central Ohio every year.
Green Economy Business Park
SWACO's Efforts Are Making Headlines.
Recently, our economic development projects have been covered by local and national trade publications and featured during community engagements.
SWACO's Big Steps Forward (Columbus Metropolitan Club Forum, May 2021)
SWACO Envisions a New Hub for the 'Circular Economy' in Grove City (Columbus Business First, October 2020)
SWACO Planning Industrial Park Across from Grove City Landfill (ThisWeek Community News, February 2020)
SWACO Approves Construction of Solar Farm at Former Landfill Site (Waste Today, July 2020)