Central Ohio is the proud home to hundreds of public events and festivals each year. While these events welcome thousands of people to our community and help our local economy, they also lead to more waste being created. Our community sends over 1 million tons of material to the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill every year – a large percentage of that material had the potential to be reused, recycled, or composted before being landfilled.
SWACO makes it easy for event organizers and local events to prioritize sustainability.
Make Your Next Event Green
Whether you’re looking for funding to offset the cost of recycling and composting food, simply need inspiration, or want to learn about best green event hosting practices, SWACO’s Event Waste Reduction Grant is designed to help local event organizers reduce the amount of waste their event generates.
Applying is Easy
SWACO is accepting applications until August 2, 2024, for events taking place this calendar year. Grant awards range from $2,000 to $6,000 depending on the size of the event. For more information, eligibility and to apply, please click here.
Do you plan to recycle at your event and simply want to borrow recycling containers?
SWACO’s Event Container Loan Program is designed to help Franklin County events, that already have a hauling contract in place, collect recyclables such as cardboard and paper, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and cups, and metal cans and cups.
Through the program, event organizers can request recycling and waste containers by providing a fully refundable deposit (exceptions apply) to borrow SWACO’s containers.
The available containers have proven successful because they increase the amount of recyclables collected and reduce the amount of non-recyclables tossed into the recycling stream. Compost containers are also available on request.
For more information and to submit a request, please click here
To stay in the loop with SWACO programs and resources, attend our ongoing monthly webinars.
Want to speak with a representative? Please email [email protected] for all grant questions or [email protected] for all container loan questions.