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SWACO is stepping up efforts to prevent illegal dumping and littering at more than 55 drop-off recycling locations around Franklin County. The actions were announced after persistent illegal dumping at participating locations, resulting in increased program costs and the loss of participating drop-off sites. Most recently, the Home Depot on Sawmill Road asked SWACO to remove the drop-off container on its property because people routinely dumped items that weren’t accepted at the site.
In order to continue to serve residents who need additional recycling capacity or currently lack recycling at their home, earlier this year, SWACO announced the addition of five new drop-off locations. To ramp up enforcement efforts, SWACO and the Franklin County Sheriff’s office will be monitoring all 55 locations, issuing citations and engaging residents with educational materials about the program in order to reduce the amount of litter and illegal dumping. Suspected cases of illegal dumping and littering can also be reported at the program’s enforcement site, itsacrime.org.
It’s important not only to us, but also to our environment and communities, that Franklin County residents have these drop-off programs available to them. In 2017, more than 7,000 tons of recyclable materials were collected through the program and diverted from the landfill.
The drop-off program is free to any Franklin County resident or business. Materials accepted at these locations include only the following:
No other items are permitted to be dropped off at these locations, and nothing should be left on the ground around the recycling receptacles. Cardboard should be flattened before being placed in the containers to save space.
To find a recycling location near you, click here.