The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) is honoring Waste and Recycling Workers Week, June 17 through 23, and invites the central Ohio community to pay gratitude toward the men and women who ensure waste safety through the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill operations and beyond.
“While collecting and disposing of garbage and recycling is a dirty and, at times, dangerous job, it’s an absolutely essential function for maintaining safe and clean neighborhoods and communities,” said Joe Lombardi, SWACO’s Executive Director. “We ask you to join us in recognizing and thanking waste and recycling workers for the vital role they play in keeping our communities safe and clean.”
In central Ohio, SWACO serves 41 communities, and an estimated 5,000 tons of waste material—and more than 700 truckloads—is delivered to the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill every single day. In addition, SWACO’s recycling truck drivers manage to service more than 70 recycling drop off locations, helping to divert an estimated million pounds of material from the landfill every month.
"SWACO’s Franklin County Sanitary Landfill and Transfer Stations are some of the largest in the state,” said Adam Burleson, SWACO’s Operations Manager. “Our dedicated workforce receives comprehensive training, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary for safe landfill and transfer operations. The training ensures an efficient and committed workforce to positively impact our community by responsibly managing the waste stream every day.”
The waste and recycling professionals who provide garbage and recycling collection services to central Ohio every day have been a part of the success the Region has had in diverting 51% of materials from the county landfill.
Waste and recycling jobs can entail landfill management and operations, recycling truck drivers, mechanics, safety program managers, heavy equipment operators and more. For more information about SWACO careers, visit www.swaco.org/178/careers. For more information about SWACO, including waste diversion and disposal resources, visit www.swaco.org.