Posted on: January 25, 2018

Executive Director's Winter Update: Ty Marsh

Ty MarshAchieving a Higher Diversion Rate

SWACO is beginning 2018 with great momentum, especially when it comes to diversion rates. For the first time, the community has achieved a higher rate (46.5%) of diverting materials away from the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill.

As a steward for managing the solid waste in the area, we are working harder to explore avenues for reducing waste and turning recycled materials into assets for reinvestment in the community.

Poll Results Guide SWACO Plans

SWACO has worked hard over the past four years to increase transparency and communication.

In November, SWACO engaged a research firm to survey 600 randomly selected Franklin County residents with a goal to more deeply understand the community’s attitudes and observations about recycling and waste reduction. As a result, for the first time ever, Franklin County now has a detailed and statistically correct survey which will allow us to set benchmarks and better meet the community’s needs.

The results of this poll tell a great story about the character and potential of the community. 

A few highlights:

  • People who know of SWACO, think highly/favorably of the organization
  • 1/4 make a great effort to recycle everything they can
  • 4 out of 5 find recycling easy and convenient at home
  • 1 out of 10 never recycle
  • 1/3 have composted in the past year
  • Nearly everyone said they donated something
  • Most people recycle because they believe it is good for the environment
  • Barriers to recycling involved access and limitations on what can be recycled

To download an infographic summarizing the polling results, click here

Looking Ahead to 2018  

SWACO will use the survey results to guide programming decisions in 2018 and the approved $51 million budget will support: 

  • Increasing waste reduction and diversion with a focus on increased education and awareness. The new Recycle Right – Make a Difference program will be at the center of this effort.
  • New programs for the commercial sector, food waste recycling, and extracting value from waste stream materials will assist Franklin County in reaching the goal of a 50% diversion rate by the end of 2020.
  • Improving customer service and efficiency at the Landfill, transforming the Model Landfill, and establishing an economic development strategy that benefits new and existing businesses will all align with SWACO’s mission.
  • A new Permit to Install will ensure Franklin County residents have access to safe, transparent and efficient waste disposal for two generations.
  • The broadening of SWACO’s own environmental focus at its operations and facilities by reducing carbon emissions, expanding recycling and reduction in the workplace and establishing a public policy agenda.
  • Community Consortium programs strive to increase access to recycling across a greater number of residents and organizations.

We have made great progress and we know that 2018 will prove to bring forth challenges as well as many opportunities.

On behalf of the SWACO Board of Trustees and our management team, we thank you for your partnership, commitment and ongoing dialogue.

With appreciation,

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Ty Marsh

Executive Director

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