SWACO Update - Summer 2016

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Ty Marsh_SWACO Exec. Dir.

Executive Director Update: Ty Marsh

Three major public processes will be initiated this year to evaluate landfill rates, revise the solid waste management plan, and extend the life of the landfill. SWACO will seek public input to ensure we are engaging the community in the discussion surrounding future decision-making.  Read More

Understanding Franklin County's Waste Stream and Opportunities

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Ever wonder how Franklin County is doing relative to recycling levels and what opportunities exist to improve? Kyle O’Keefe, SWACO's Director of Innovations and Programs presents the findings of a waste stream assessment recently completed by Resource Recycling Systems. To see the full report, Read More

New Program to Increase Waste Reduction and Recycling


Non-profits and governmental partners now have a new grant program available to assist them in creating recycling and waste diversion avenues. The goal is to keep more recyclable material from going to the landfill. SWACO is seeking applications now with a deadline of July 15 for September awards. Read More

Waste and Recycling Haulers Update


SWACO has created a new update to provide haulers with up-to-the-minute news, operational changes, recognition profiles, and trends in the industry. Check out news for this quarter with a feature on Rumpke Waste & Recycling. Read More

SWACO Promotion Drives Collection Success


Over 800 vehicles participated in the household hazardous mobile collection event at Ashland Chemical in Dublin. The next mobile event is June 25th at the Ohio History Center. SWACO also offers the convenience of a drop-off facility that is open every week. For a complete schedule, locations and hours, Read More

New Records Set for Drug Take-Back Day

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Over a dozen locations in Franklin County participated in the Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this spring. Over 3,550 lbs. of pharmaceuticals were collected, setting a new record for the safe collection and disposal campaign.  Permanent collection locations are available for regular disposal. Read More

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Recycled Material Saves Operational Costs and Time

SWACO tested and has received approval to use recycled auto shredder residue to cover the daily disposal of waste at the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill.  This environmentally friendly and safe approach not only saves money on the purchase of dirt, but also makes the process more efficient.  Read More

Event Sponsorship Grants Awarded

To help local communities and festivals reduce waste and create recycling opportunities, SWACO has awarded three grants under the new Event Sponsorship Program pilot. Grants have been awarded to Rock on the Range/MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus’ Earth Day at the Commons, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Arts Festival. Read More

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Dublin Takes Vermicomposting to School

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Columbus Metro Parks’ vermicomposting workshops, provided in partnership with SWACO, have been popular with local high school science teachers. Recently two environmental science teachers from Dublin Jerome High School incorporated the composting technique into raised garden beds. Read More

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SWACO in the Community

SWACO employees volunteer during Earth Day activities, meet with Columbus Foundation representatives, graduate from Leadership Columbus and meet with Sam Hendren of WOSU to answer the question – What happens to my Trash? Read More