Annually, Franklin County residents and businesses send over a million tons of material to the Franklin County Landfill. Even more surprising is that nearly 70% 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.
It’s not enough just to recycle. It’s also important to recycle right. In Franklin County, there are five 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
Avoid putting these items in with your recycling:
Putting unaccepted items into your recycling container can cause delays, put recycling workers at risk, and add expense to recycling.
Need to dispose of one of these items? We’ve got you covered. Find out what to do.Recycle & Reuse Search Tool
In Franklin County, curbside recycling service is available to over 96% of households and SWACO operates over 60 recycling drop-off location 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
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, the recyclable materials are delivered to a recycling processing facility, sometimes called a "material recovery facility" or MRF. At the MRF, the recyclable materials travel on a series of conveyor belts and are separated using a variety of technologies such as screens, electro-magnets, and human sorters to separate the material into different material types. Once plastic bottles are separated from the other materials they are compressed into bales that are sold and shipped for further processing.
The different types of plastic used in bottles and their caps must be separated. This can be done by chopping the bottles (with caps) into small flakes and placing the flaked material into a tank of water. Since the plastic in the bottle and in the cap have different densities, the bottle pieces sink in water while the cap pieces float, which separates them for recycling. The dried plastic pieces are now heated into a gooey liquid and “extruded” into long, tubular strands. The strands are cooled and hardened in water, chopped into pellets the size of split peas, and shipped to companies that make a variety of new recycled plastic 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.
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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