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Posted on: November 15, 2018

America Recycles Day

FRANKLIN COUNTY REACHES NEW RECORD HIGH RATE OF RECYCLING Donatos and SWACO team up to celebrate and increase recycling right

November 15 -- Today is America Recycles Day, and Franklin County residents have a lot to celebrate. SWACO is pleased to report th...

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SWACO News
Posted on: November 2, 2018

Executive Director Ty Marsh: SWACO Activities Help to Educate Residents About Recycling

ThisWeek Column Increases SWACO’s Visibility in Central Ohio 

If you receive a ThisWeek Community News newspaper at your house, then you may have seen SWACO’s new monthly column, From Waste to Resources. In cooperation with Thi...

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SWACO News
Posted on: November 2, 2018

Videos Highlight Recipients of SWACO's Community Waste Reduction Grants

In 2016, SWACO launched the Community Waste Reduction (CWR) Grant Program, which supports the waste reduction and materials diversion efforts of local organizations by providing financial support to offset the costs of innovative programs. We want to show...

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SWACO News
Posted on: November 2, 2018

Recycling Drop-Off Program: Improved Enforcement Aims to Curtail Littering and Illegal Dumping

SWACO is stepping up efforts to prevent illegal dumping and littering at more than 55 drop-off recycling locations around Franklin County. The actions were announced after persistent illegal dumping at participating locations, resulting in increased progr...

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SWACO News
Posted on: November 2, 2018

Central Ohio Food Waste Initiative Shares Waste Reduction Tips for the Fall

Each year, Americans throw away about $165 billion worth of food, equaling about $2,000 per household. The amount of food people waste is a concern in central Ohio, just as it is across the country. Locally, nearly 13 percent of all waste that goes into t...

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SWACO News
Posted on: November 2, 2018

Recycle Right Campaign Expands to Norwich Township, Portions of Columbus

In October, SWACO partnered with the city of Columbus and Norwich Township to expand the “Recycle Right” program into those communities. Information and materials were mailed to all Norwich Township residents and 5,000 Columbus residen...

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SWACO News
Posted on: July 23, 2018

SWACO Launches Initiative to Reduce Food Waste

In 2017, food waste comprised about 12.8 percent, or 143,616 tons, of the material landfilled by Franklin County businesses and residents. That same year, an estimated 10,288 tons of food waste was diverted from the landfill, resulting in a food waste div...

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SWACO News
Posted on: July 19, 2018

Study Reveals Economic Impact of Local Recycling Industry

We’ve always known that recycling was good for the environment. Now, SWACO is documenting that it’s an economic driver and jobs-producer, as well. SWACO hired DSM Environmental Services to conduct a study to determine the actual size o...

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SWACO News
Posted on: July 19, 2018

Executive Director Ty Marsh: SWACO Successfully Tackles Three Major Initiatives

Over the past couple of years, SWACO has been involved in three significant initiatives to further our mission of improving the waste stream through effective reduction, recycling and disposal. I’m happy to report that we have concluded these un...

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SWACO News
Posted on: July 19, 2018

New Children's Garden Opens with SWACO-Funded Composting Sign

The new Children’s Garden at the Franklin Park Conservatory opened May 19. Among the garden’s many attractions is a small exhibit featuring a 36-inch-high worm and a SWACO-funded sign that explains the economic and environment benefits of composting and t...

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SWACO News
Posted on: July 19, 2018

"Recycle Right" Pilot Campaign Succeeds at Educating Residents

SWACO launched an educational campaign earlier this year aimed at teaching people the proper way to recycle. The campaign, called “Recycle Right,” was introduced as a pilot program in Grove City, Urbancrest and Jackson Township. Follow...

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SWACO News
Posted on: July 19, 2018

Turn Your Yard Waste into Compost

Did you know that yard waste is not permitted in the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill? That’s why most communities in Franklin County offer a yard waste pickup program. Communities in Franklin County divert nearly 200,000 tons of yard waste eac...

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SWACO News
Posted on: July 19, 2018

SWACO Grant Program Supports Community Projects

SWACO is seeking applicants for its Community Waste Reduction (CWR) Grant Program, which funds innovative waste reduction and diversion projects. This competitive program is open to nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and public schools, univer...

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SWACO News
Posted on: June 18, 2018

SWACO Expands Drop-Off Recycling Program to Better Serve Community

Following on-going evaluation and changes to make the program more effective and cost-efficient, SWACO’s drop-off recycling program is adding five locations to better serve all Franklin County communities.

The recycling containers, which are free...

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SWACO News
Posted on: June 5, 2018

Manage Yard Waste the Right Way

As the yard care season gets into full swing, SWACO is reminding residents that properly disposing of yard waste can save money and make a difference for our environment.Residents with yards and gardens generate yard waste, such as leaves, grass clippings...

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SWACO News
Posted on: April 19, 2018

Proper Recycling and Safe Disposal Have Environmental, Economic and Societal Benefits

As Franklin County’s
population grows, the amount of waste produced is increasing. Today, onaverage, each Franklin County resident generates nearly nine pounds of unwanted
material a day. Thankfully, not all of that additional waste ends up ...

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SWACO News
Posted on: March 29, 2018

Grant to Help Divert Final Four Event Generated Waste from County Landfill

During the event, the GCCC and SWACO will be providing guests with the ease of discarding bottles and cans in designated containers in the concourse and exhibit halls. This will assist the facility in reducing the tons of waste sent to the local landfill.

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Posted on: March 27, 2018

Poll Shows Positive Views on Recycling in Central Ohio

A public opinion poll conducted by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) and EMC Research determined that the majority of Franklin County residents recycle because it’s the right thing to do and is good for the environment. The surve...

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SWACO News
Posted on: March 16, 2018

Columbus Pursues "Evergreen" Sustainability Certification for 2018 NCAA Women's Final Four

The Columbus Local Organizing Committee (CLOC) has incorporated sustainability impact areas into the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four by planning a wide range of activities and actions designed to engage residents, businesses, and visitors to help m...

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SWACO News
Posted on: January 25, 2018

Executive Director's Winter Update: Ty Marsh

Achieving a Higher Diversion Rate

SWACO is beginning 2018 with great momentum, especially when it comes to diversion rates. For the first time, the community has achieved a higher rate (46.5%) of diverting materials away from the Franklin County Sanitary L...

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SWACO News
Posted on: January 26, 2018

2018 Community Grant Recipients Announced

In keeping with SWACO’s mission to improve the solid waste stream through effective reduction, recycling and safe disposal, SWACO has awarded $133,588.70 in competitive grant funding to eleven community projects. The 2018 Community Waste Reducti...

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SWACO News
Posted on: January 25, 2018

Consortiums Expand Services with Competitive Rates

Twenty-three communities now participate in SWACO assisted consortiums. The consortium and contract assistance helps to ensure that communities receive the best services at the lowest cost. The SWACO program is a model for other counties.

With SWACO&rs...

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SWACO News
Posted on: January 26, 2018

2017 Fall Diversion Events a Success

Collection and recycling events for unwanted medications and used political signage are becoming increasingly popular.

SWACO has partnered with law enforcement, the City of Columbus, Franklin County and businesses such as Kroger and Cardinal Health to make...

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SWACO News
Posted on: January 26, 2018

New Management Team Members Join SWACO

Director of Administration Jeff Wilkins, Fleet Manager Bill Burns and Programs Manager Andrew Booker join SWACO’s management team. 

Jeff Wilkins

Director of Administration

Jeff Wilkins joined SWACO recently as the new director of administr...

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SWACO News
Posted on: January 25, 2018

New SWACO Education Campaign - Recycle Right Begins

New SWACO Education Campaign – Recycle Right Begins

Last year, 2.1 million tons of waste was generated by residents and businesses in Franklin County - enough to fill Ohio Stadium four times, and equating to about five pounds of waste a day, per ...

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SWACO News
Posted on: January 1, 2018

2018 Budget Supports Environmental Health and Public Safety

SWACO’s 2018 total operating budget is $51 million and supports continued safety and enhancements at the County landfill as well as more robust recycling and composting programs for residents and businesses.

SWACO continues to hold Triple A bond ...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 16, 2017

Executive Director Fall Update: Ty Marsh

On the Horizon

SWACO Board of Trustees and Management Team are focused on refining our strategic priorities for the next three years, and developing a long-term view of the next 10 to 20 years.

Solid Waste Management Plan

SWACO’s foundational work ...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 20, 2017

Celebrate Halloween and Keep Bags Out of the Landfill

The second annual Old Hilliard Halloween Haunt is slated for Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in Old Hilliard on Main Street. Parking is available at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

Activities include the infamous Scavenger Hunt with pri...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 19, 2017

Columbus and SWACO to Host 4th Annual Green Purge Event on October 21, 2017

The City of Columbus, SWACO, Goodwill Columbus, the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio and the Ohio History Connection have teamed up to present the fourth annual Columbus Green Purge Event. It will be held on the Ohio History Connection grounds on October 21...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

SWACO Shares Best Practices, Donates Containers to Columbus City Schools

Continuing a 10-year partnership, SWACO recently assisted Columbus City Schools to improve their recycling by sharing best practices and donating 117 recycling containers. 

Currently, 60% of the waste disposed of at the landfill is generated by co...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

Fall Back...Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Fall is a great time to ‘fall back’ into better habits that will benefit the environment. Before you place it in the trash bin, check out the recycling bin, a donation center, or the compost pile.

Remember if you throw it in the trashcan, it ends up in the...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

Waste and Recycling Haulers Update

Third Quarter Update

The following articles have been compiled to provide hauling and recycling companies with specialized news and information to assist in working with the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill and SWACO.

New Wheel Wash – Now in Oper...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

Regional and National Recognitions

Fall Recognitions

 

NWRA Sustainability Partnership Game Changer

SWACO’s partnership with Aria Energy has resulted in a nomination for the Sustainability Partnership Game Changer Award from the National Waste & Recycling Association (N...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

Take Waste Out of the Environment

Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection Event

SWACO partners with local communities to provide convenient events to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that should not be disposed of in the trash.

Two events were held in Sep...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

Do Business With Us Presentation - November 2

Register to Attend

SWACO is hosting an informational session to assist Franklin County businesses in learning more about SWACO’s enhanced competitive bid process, contract compliance, and the types of work available.

If you previously worked with ...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

MORPC Summit on Sustainability - November 14

SWACO to Host Session at Summit

SWACO’s Innovation and Programs Department will host a Materials Management Session titled Keys to Successful Recycling Programs at the 2017 Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s signature environmenta...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

Profile of a Future-Focused Mom

Last year, Sarah Hazzard, a Columbus working mom, toured the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill and was impressed with SWACO’s focus on diverting waste away from the landfill.

Each resident in Franklin County generates on average 4 to 5 pounds of ...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

Road Debris is Endangering Ohioans

Tarp Those Loads 

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and WSYX TV Channel 6 recently produced a news story to remind everyone about the danger of road debris on Franklin County Roadways.

 

Remember when heading to the Franklin Co...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

Safety at SWACO Transfer Stations

For a safe and accident free visit to the SWACO transfer station, it is important for all customers and employees to follow these simple guidelines:

  • Please follow the loader operator’s directions – they have control of the tipping floor...
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SWACO News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

Understanding Traffic Flow Patterns at the Landfill

It can get rather busy within the landfill site, however there is a clear method and process that works to keep employees and customers safe, and free from accidents and injuries. 

A few do’s and don’ts:

  • When a dozer operator ma...
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SWACO News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

Safety at the Landfill

During the summer, SWACO provided haulers and recyclers with a Landfill Safety Update to address concerns raised by the community regarding speed and traffic control.

Since that time, landfill operations personnel have noticed an increase in law enforcemen...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

Special Waste Disposal Requirements

What is special waste? 

Special waste is defined as any waste material that has physical characteristics, chemical makeup or biological nature that requires either special handling procedures or permits, or poses a threat to human health, equipmen...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

SWACO Adding Two Drop-Off Recycling Locations in Columbus

With support from community partners, SWACO has added two new drop-off recycling locations in the Clintonville and Northland neighborhoods. Lots on each of the following locations now have three (3), 8-cubic yard recycling containers:

  • Franklin County Depar...
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SWACO News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

New Wheel Wash - Now in Operation

Visitors will notice a new, efficient wash system at the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill. It replaced an inefficient and dated 15-year old wheel wash.

SWACO recently completed the installation of the new wash system including a concrete overflow tank, re...

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SWACO News
Posted on: September 28, 2017

Composting Leaves and Yard Waste is Easy To Do

It's fall and the leaves are dropping on yards across Franklin County. Did you know that leaves are considered yard waste as are brush, grass clippings, branches, and shrubbery? Yard waste is not accepted at the landfill but composting yard waste is easy ...

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SWACO News
Posted on: August 22, 2017

SWACO Adding Two Drop-Off Recycling Locations in Columbus

With support from community partners, SWACO has added two new drop-off recycling locations in the Clintonville and Northland neighborhoods. Lots on each of the following locations now have three (3), 8-cubic yard recycling containers:

•Franklin Co...

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SWACO News
Posted on: July 17, 2017

Executive Director Ty Marsh Mid-Year Update on SWACO Priorities

The four strategic initiatives, identified by the SWACO Board of Directors at the beginning of 2016, are guiding SWACO’s daily activities.SWACO team members have been working efficiently and effectively to continue to drive change throughout the...

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SWACO News
Posted on: July 17, 2017

New Recycling and Reuse Search Tool

The new and improved SWACO website now offers a database search tool that provides Franklin County residents and businesses the information they need to safely dispose of
unwanted items. 

The tool answers the question“How do I donate,...

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SWACO News
Posted on: July 18, 2017

Crimes Task Force Has Impact

In 2016, SWACO’s largest grant, almost a half million dollars, was provided to the Environmental Crimes Task Force of Central Ohio (ECTF) to provide community education, support the 24/7 crime reporting website – itsacrime.org, investi...

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SWACO News
Posted on: July 17, 2017

Community Waste Reduction Grants - Apply Now!

SWACO is inviting local schools, communities and non-profits to submit applications for the Community Waste Reduction Grant Program, a competitive program offering a total of $150,000 in funding. Local schools, communities and non-profits can apply now fo...

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SWACO News
Posted on: July 17, 2017

New Business Recycling Focus

It is estimated that
sixty-percent of all waste at the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill comes fromthe commercial sector. With a goal to increase recycling, SWACO is developing
new business programs. 
SWACO has conducted localand national re...

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SWACO News
Posted on: July 17, 2017

Collection Events are a Hit...Why Wait?

Were you one of 942 cars waiting in line at the Earth Day Household Hazardous Waste collection event?  If so, SWACO, the environment and the community thank you.A total of 72,481 lbs. of materials were collected - an increase of 17,108 over last ...

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SWACO News
Posted on: July 18, 2017

Reasons to Celebrate - Safety, Programming and Partnerships

SWACO Recognized for Making Safety a Top Priority

Director of Operations and Maintenance Scott Perry (far right) recently accepted the 2016 Safety Achievement Award on behalf of all SWACO’s employees at the Bureau of Worker’s Compensati...

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SWACO News
Posted on: April 5, 2017

Earth Day

Every year, since 1970, there have been sustainable and earth focused activities during the month of April, and especially on April 22 - Earth Day.

But do you know the history of how Earth Day came to be? In a nutshell…

U.S Senator Gaylord Nelson...

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SWACO News
Posted on: April 5, 2017

Earth Week in Columbus

Since 2007, thanks to Green Columbus, this area has benefited from more than 100,000 hours of resident “green” service.

Service sites vary in size from 5 to 300 volunteers, and range from neighborhood litter sweeps, community gardens, a...

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SWACO News
Posted on: April 5, 2017

It's Spring!

Consider these simple tips this Spring to have even more green in your life.

  • Avoid the use of chemicals in the garden or on the lawn. They eventually end up in the water systems and can upset the delicate balance of lifecycles
  • Collect rainwater to water you...
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SWACO News

News Flash

Posted on: July 24, 2018

SWACO helps to solve recycling challenges

“SWACO helped provide an aesthetically pleasing solution to an ongoing challenge we had with our recycling efforts,” said Josh Sarver, Senior Director of Experiences at COSI.

What People Are Saying About SWACO
Posted on: July 24, 2018

Recycling is important

"Recycling is an important part of development in Central Ohio," said James Schimmer, Director of Franklin County's Economic Development and Planning Dept.

What People Are Saying About SWACO
Posted on: April 5, 2017

The tour was great!

"I now have a better understanding of just how important landfills are, how they operate, and what goals they have to set in order to make practical improvements now and in the future." Columbus State Community College Student

What People Are Saying About SWACO
Posted on: October 17, 2017

SWACO working hard to keep Central Ohio beautiful

"SWACO continues to provide leadership, education, and resources to increase recycling throughout our community. The 2017 Solid Waste Management Plan is a blueprint for a healthy future in Franklin County." John O'Grady, Franklin County Commissioner

What People Are Saying About SWACO
Posted on: April 5, 2017

What we're about

"What we're about is public health and safety, ensuring that we dispose of the waste within Franklin County in a way that's environmentally and financially responsible." Ty Marsh, SWACO's Executive Director in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch

What People Are Saying About SWACO
Posted on: April 5, 2017

SWACO is a good neighbor

“SWACO has been a very good neighbor to Pleasant Township. They operate the landfill in a way that is safe, accountable, and protective of the public health and environment.” Pleasant Township Board of Trustees

What People Are Saying About SWACO
Posted on: April 5, 2017

The new website is a great resource

"SWACO's new, redesigned layout is user-friendly and easy to navigate. I can now find the information I'm looking for without digging through layers of webpages. Thank you!" Matt B., Clintonville Resident

What People Are Saying About SWACO
Posted on: April 5, 2017

SWACO is a community asset

"Our rapidly growing region requires careful planning and sustainable resources. SWACO brings both of these assets to our region." Kenny McDonald, Columbus2020

What People Are Saying About SWACO