- Business Recycling Resources
- Business Recycling Champions Program
Business Recycling Champions Program
SWACO’s Business Recycling Champion program is designed to help businesses implement sustainable recycling programs and to provide financial assistance that supports the overall goal to divert 75% of Franklin County's recyclable materials from the landfill by 2032. Since businesses generate 60% of the landfill material presently going into the landfill, this program was created to help local businesses start new recycling programs and achieve their environmental sustainability goals.
Helping companies implement sustainable recycling programs can make a difference as a community and achieve diversion goals for Franklin County.
We offer financial assistance to companies that qualify to help you successfully launch recycling programs.
Becoming a Business Recycling Champion will mean that you completed the program SWACO created and that your company has implemented sustainable recycling practices. This accomplishment will also allow you to classify your business as a Business Recycling Champion and promote it to your customers and employees.
Use this handy checklist to stay on track during the submission process.
Financial assistance is available in three categories:
- Indoor Container purchasing: 50% price reduction up to $1,000
- Indoor and Outdoor Signage purchasing: 50% cost reduction up to $500.00
- Service Start-Up Support funding: $100.00 to $500.00 based on the level of recycling service purchased for your business program. (See the list of Participating Haulers below.)
Complete one (1) set of documents and apply for all three (3) categories of the program. Or complete one (1) set of documents and apply for the specific category you need help with. The maximum amount of financial assistance available across all three categories is $2,000.00.
* The program is for businesses that do not currently have a recycling program.
Be on your way to a successful program in just four easy steps.
Enter your company information here where you can download, complete, and submit two (2) enrollment documents.
If you have already signed up for recycling service with a participating hauler (See list below) and are now interested in receiving the Service Start-Up Support Incentive, you must enroll in the program within 30 days of when your recycling service starts. (not the date on which a contract is signed, but the date on which service begins.) Once you enroll, you have 120 days to complete the program application.
Once you've received confirmation of enrollment, you can move forward with the process by developing your recycling program using the tool kit and resources SWACO provides.
All businesses have 120 days (4 months) to complete the build steps. Day 1 of 120 days starts counting from the day you elect to enroll.
The build steps include writing your recycling plan and conducting your audit. These steps are crucial to understanding your recycling needs and should ideally be completed before you sign up for recycling service. We provide the plan template and the audit tools to make it easier for you to complete these steps. These tools are free to download under the Business Resource Section - Develop a Plan and Understanding your Waste
Once your plan is in place, begin executing it by committing to recycling for a minimum of one year, acquiring containers and signage, and if applicable contracting services with a participating hauler (SEE BELOW). Continue to assess your diversion efforts and promote when you’ve reached diversion goals.
Launch your program by holding a Kick-Off meeting, providing education and instructions to custodial partners, deploying your containers and signage, and starting recycling.
Recycling Service Start-Up Support
To participate in the Service Start-Up Support component of the Business Recycling Champions (BRC) Program you must contract with a participating hauler. If you are in the BRC program and do not plan to pursue the Service Start-Up Support funding then you can use any hauler for your recycling. Remember, there are three components to the BRC program: Containers, Signage, and Service Start-Up Support. Complete the one-time application process and apply for all three components. Use the contact information below to get in touch with the Participating Haulers.
2023 Participating Haulers
(for the Service Start-Up Support Component)
Thank you to Rumpke Waste and Recycling and Waste Mangaement for participating in the Service Start-Up Support component of SWACO's program as Participating Haulers. Below is their contact information to set up recycling service.