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 is found in the Solid Waste Management Plan, currently under review by our community partners.
With half of the 41 communities in agreement to move forward including the Franklin County Commissioners.
"Central Ohio is a beautiful place to live, and SWACO is working hard to keep it that way. As it always has, SWACO continues to provide leadership, education, and resources to improve efficiency and increase recycling throughout our community. The 2017 Solid Waste Management Plan is a blueprint for a healthy future in Franklin County," said Franklin County Commission President John O'Grady.
The remaining half are expected to take action before the October 31 deadline.
As a result of improving data collection, 2016’s figures indicate that Franklin County has reached a 46.5% diversion rate for commercial and residential sectors. This is up 1.5% from 2015’s record high rate.
With more than a million tons of waste disposed of in the landfill each year, and 60% of that material coming from the commercial sector, we have more work to do.
SWACO’s 2017 Solid Waste Management Plan outlines plans to increase waste diversion and recycling activities during the next five years.
If approved, the updated Plan will include new programs for commercial and multi-family housing recycling, food waste and increased curbside recycling.
Measuring Economic Impacts
To measure how much recycling and reuse impacts the Franklin County economy, SWACO is embarking on a new process to collect and analyze data on businesses working in the local recycling and remanufacturing industry.
As a result of the economic study, SWACO plans to help connect participating commercial partners with industries demanding recycled materials or those seeking recycling services to help their business grow.
SWACO also plans to use the results, available later this year, to assist in the development of incentives that will help to boost the local recycling and reuse economy.
We appreciate the community’s on-going support and participation in our programs and services. Together we will make Franklin County a leader in sustainability.