It’s not enough just to recycle. It’s also important to recycle right. In Franklin County, there are six material types that are currently accepted for household recycling.
Lids and labels accepted
All colors accepted
Remove aerosol tips
Rinse and remove lids and straws
Empty & remove straws
Putting unaccepted items into your recycling container can cause delays, put recycling workers at risk, and add expense to recycling.
Avoid putting the following items in with your recycling. Need to dispose of one of these items? We’ve got you covered. Find out what to do:Recycle & Reuse Search Tool
Annually, Franklin County residents and businesses send over a million tons of material to the Franklin County Landfill. Even more surprising is that nearly 76% of all the material in the landfill could have been recycled or composted.
By taking just a few minutes to recycle right, you help to reduce pollution, contribute to clean water, conserve limited natural resources and reduce central Ohio’s reliance on landfills.
How can you give your recyclables a new life?
By putting your recyclables in a recycling bin or recycling location, you can give them new life. For example, what happens to a plastic bottle after it leaves your home?
Plastic bottles are collected along with other recyclable items such as cardboard, glass, and aluminum cans.
Once collected, recyclable materials are delivered to a processing facility where different material types are separated using a series of conveyor belts, screens, electro-magnets, and human sorters. Once separated, plastic bottles are compressed into bales, sold, and shipped for further processing.
Plastic bottles and caps are chopped into small flakes and water is used to separate the materials by density—bottle pieces sink while cap pieces float. The separated material is heated into a liquid and extruded into long strands. The strands are cooled, chopped into pellets, and used to make a variety of products.
Plastic bottles can be recycled into durable backyard decks, carpeting, new bottles, or even soft, comfortable fabric used for fashion or upholstery. Bottle caps can become tough kitchen bowls and cutting boards, car battery cases, toothbrushes, and storage bins.
In Franklin County, curbside recycling service is available to over 96% of households and SWACO operates 50 recycling drop-off locations for residents and businesses without recycling services. To find information about a curbside program or find a drop-off location close to you, see the links below.Community Curbside Programs SWACO Recycling Drop-off Locations
Have a question about what’s accepted or not accepted for recycling in Franklin County? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.Frequently Asked Questions
Our Recycling and Reuse Search Tool connects you with hundreds of locations to find the best place to donate, recycle, compost or safely dispose of a wide range of items.Find a recycling site near you
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