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 specifically help local businesses start new recycling programs and achieve their environmental sustainability goals.

By helping companies implement sustainable recycling programs we 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 successfully completed the program SWACO created, and 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.

Financial Assistance: Available Now!

  • Indoor Container purchasing: 50% price reduction up to $1,000

Financial Assistance Coming Soon: Fall 2022

  • 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 needed for your business program. 

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 and reside in SWACO's jurisdiction.

Be on your way to a successful program in just four easy steps. 

Step 1: Enroll 

The application process is all online through our website. Check back here for the link to enroll. 

The application link is COMING SOON! In the meantime, you can work on the two key components that are required to apply for assistance: Write your recycling plan and conduct your waste audit.

Step 2: Build

The two key components of the program include writing a recycling plan and conducting a waste audit. We provide free, downloadable, editable tools on our business resource page that make it easy to complete these requirements. 

Step 3: Execute

Once your recycling plan and audit have been submitted and reviewed by SWACO, if approved, we will execute a Champions Agreement with you. This document outlines commitments and responsibilities including agreeing to recycle for a minimum of one year with a hauler who has agreed to participate in our program.  

We also provide information on the next steps to complete the purchase of containers, signage, or service start-up support, if applicable to your recycling program AFTER the agreement has been executed. The program is NOT a reimbursable arrangement.    

Step 4: Engage

Launch your program by holding a Kick-Off meeting, providing education and instructions to custodial partners, deploying your containers and signage, and starting recycling.

Questions? Reach out.

For technical assistance with the incentive program contact the Business Program Administrator via email: [email protected]