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Posted on: October 20, 2017

Celebrate Halloween & 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 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 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: October 13, 2017

SWACO Inviting Businesses to Attend Procurement Meeting

Annually, SWACO purchases millions of dollars in contracts, services, and supplies. In 2016, SWACO procured nearly $12 million and also invested approximately $18 million for capital equipment and capital improvements, including construction to ensure the...

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SWACO News
Posted on: October 6, 2017

SWACO Supporting Local Event Efforts to Reduce Waste and Improve Recycling

Each year, Franklin County is home to hundreds of events which draw thousands of visitors to our community and neighborhoods, supporting our local businesses and economy. These events can also generate large amounts of waste which is sent to the landfill....

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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: September 6, 2017

SWACO Measuring Economic Impacts of Local Recycling Industry

Central Ohio’s local economy is strong. It was recently ranked number one for population, job and wage growth and Ohio was recognized by Forbes this past February as the best state in America in which to launch a startup business.

Several years ago, the In...

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SWACO News
Posted on: August 28, 2017

SWACO Recognized By Auditor of State

SWACO has once again received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction following the completion of a clean financial audit.

In a letter to SWACO, Auditor of State Yost wrote, “Clean and accurate record-keeping are the foundation for g...

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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: June 12, 2017

Bring Me Back wins first place award

glass PRism award

SWACO and public relations firm, FrazierHeiby, win first place PRism award for the Bring Me Back program. 

Bring Me Back is an educational program which was launched last fall and is aimed at encouraging residents to recycle their plastic bags at ...

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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

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

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: 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 assest

"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