SWACO, the City of Grove City, Jackson Township and the Village of Urbancrest are teaming up to introduce Recycle Right, Make a Difference - an initiative aimed at improving Franklin County’s rate of recycling.
Last year, 2.1 million tons of waste was generated by residents and businesses in Franklin County – that’s enough to fill Ohio Stadium four times. In fact, on average each resident creates an estimated five pounds of waste a day.
While Franklin County’s current rate of recycling – 46.5% – exceeds the national average, more than 70% of all material currently going into the landfill could have been recycled or composted.
“Recycling has never been easier or more accessible in Franklin County,” said Ty Marsh, SWACO’s Executive Director. “Yet as our population continues to grow and our economy strengthens, the amount of waste we’re each individually generating is increasing. SWACO is pleased to be able to partner with local communities to reduce waste and recycle more. Together, we can keep valuable materials out of the landfill and create economic opportunity in our communities.”
With this in mind, SWACO, the City of Grove City, Jackson Township and the Village of Urbancrest are introducing Recycle Right, a program designed to promote proper recycling to local residents. Through recycling reminders and educational messages, the Recycle Right program hopes to increase the effectiveness of recycling in Grove City, Jackson Township and Urbancrest and, in turn, lessen our reliance on the landfill.
“Our community is committed to environmentally sound practices,” said Richard L. “Ike” Stage. “We are truly pleased to be a partner in the Recycle Right initiative.”
Later this year, Recycle Right will be rolled out in communities throughout Franklin County.
One of the main goals of the Recycle Right program is to reduce the amount of non-recyclable items that are placed in recycle bins. Too often, items like yogurt cups, plastic bags, and wire hangers are placed into those bins and add delays and expenses to the recycling process.
In Franklin County, only five kinds of materials are accepted for recycling:
- Paper and Cardboard
- Plastic Bottles and Jugs
- Glass Bottles and Jars
- Metal Cans
Everything else should be reused, donated, composted or disposed of safely.
Proper recycling can have a positive impact on both the environment and on local economies. And the Recycle Right program is designed to improve both in ways that will pay off for years to come.
To learn more about the Recycle Right program or the many benefits of recycling, click here.