The Environmental Protection Agency estimates waste can increase by as much as 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Additionally, discarded electronics continues to be one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. Electronics remain a popular gift during the holiday season, so SWACO is reminding families that buying refurbished electronics, as well as recycling and donating ones no longer in use, is easy to do and good for the environment.
E-Waste, or electronic waste, encompasses virtually any item that utilizes an electric cord that is now outdated, unwanted or broken. This can include everything from small personal items like smartphones and tablets to TVs and other household items like washers and dryers, microwaves and refrigerators.
“More than 40% of what is thrown out in Franklin County, including e-Waste, could easily be recycled or composted in our community today through existing diversion programs,” said Hanna Greer-Brown, Communications Manager for SWACO. “Central Ohioans have many convenient options available to them to give new life to the electronics they no longer want or need.”
Year-Round Electronic Drop-Off Locations
Visit RecycleRight.org for a full list of electronic drop-off locations: Recycling Locations | Recycle Right
Seasonal Holiday Lights Recycling Programs
- Plain Township Fire Department located at 9500 Johnstown Rd. Recycle Your Holiday Lights! Keep our environment merry and bright! | Plain Township, Franklin County, Ohio
- Dublin Service Center located at 6555 Shier-Rings Rd. Recycle Your E-waste – City of Dublin, Ohio, USA (dublinohiousa.gov)
- Grove City – Several locations Holiday Light Collection – Grove City, Ohio (grovecityohio.gov)
- New Albany Village Hall located at 99 W. Main St. Recycle Your Holiday Lights! Keep our environment merry and bright! | Plain Township, Franklin County, Ohio
- Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center located at 3600 Tremont Rd. Solid Waste Services – City of Upper Arlington (upperarlingtonoh.gov)
- Westerville Electric Division (WED) accepting strands of holiday lights in exchange for LED light bulbs at the Electric Division, 139 E. Broadway Ave. Westerville, OH Holiday Light Recycling | City of Westerville, OH