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Following on-going evaluation and changes to make the program more effective and cost-efficient, SWACO’s drop-off recycling program is adding five locations to better serve all Franklin County communities.
The recycling containers, which are free for Franklin County residents and businesses to use, will be placed in Groveport, Franklin and Mifflin Townships and North Columbus and offer addition recycling capacity to residents as well as to provide recycling opportunities for condo and apartment dwellers who may not have easy access to recycling.
The containers will be available at:
In addition to the new sites, SWACO has invested in new paint and signage on the containers to make it easier for residents to know what to recycle, and what not to recycle.
In order to continue its success, the program relies upon the correct participation from the community. SWACO is working with all four communities to ensure residents know that in Franklin County, only flattened paper and cardboard, plastic bottles and jugs, glass bottles and jars, metal cans and cartons are accepted for recycling. Learn more about how to recycle right by visiting the SWACO website.
“SWACO is pleased to be able to provide this service to the residents and businesses in Franklin County,” said Kyle O’Keefe, SWACO’s Director of Innovation and Programs. “Many residents want to recycle everything that they can, which is admirable. However, many items that are commonly believed to be recyclable such as plastic bags, fast-food containers, Styrofoam packing materials, hangers, hoses, and scrap metal cannot be recycled through the drop-off program.” Improper materials deposited in the drop-off containers contaminate the recycling stream and result in greater costs to operate the program.
Placing anything else in the drop-off recycling containers is not allowed, and using these containers for garbage, or leaving furniture or other items on the ground at any drop-off location is a crime. Suspected illegal dumping, littering, and improper use of the sites can be reported anonymously to www.itsacrime.org or by calling 614-871-5322 for prompt investigation.
With the addition of these recycling sites, SWACO’s drop-off recycling program now includes 55 public drop-off locations. Last year, the program helped to divert over seven thousand tons of material from the landfill.
For more information on what can be placed in the containers or to locate a container near you, visit www.swaco.org/DropOffRecycling.