Recycling Right

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

SWACO is reminding residents that unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter pills can be safely disposed of at the following event:

Saturday, April 28, 2018

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A variety of Franklin County locations.

Visit for locations and information on what is accepted for disposal.

Celebrate on Earth Day

All of Franklin County’s Earth Month activities culminate in an Earth Day Columbus celebration on Sunday, April 22, at 12 p.m. at Genoa Park. The zero-waste event, being coordinated by Green Columbus, is free and open to the public. Thousands of central Ohio residents are expected to take part in the event featuring local food, live music and sustainability education. A variety of organizations will provide family-friendly, interactive educational opportunities around sustainability topics. SWACO staff will be on hand to share information about easy waste reduction, reuse and recycling as well safe disposal tips.

For additional events and activities, visit

As Franklin County’s population grows, the amount of waste produced is increasing. Today, on average, each Franklin County resident generates nearly nine pounds of unwanted material a day. Thankfully, not all of that additional waste ends up in the landfill. In fact, Franklin County continues to recycle and compost more material than ever before. As a result, the amount of waste material diverted from the landfill is at an all-time high of 46.5 percent, which exceeds the national average of 34 percent.

“That’s a great diversion rate and we’re really proud of it,” said Hanna Greer-Brown, communications manager with SWACO. “It’s literally thousands of tons of material that’s being recycled, re-used and re-purposed. But we’re always seeking ways to increase our diversion rate even more.”

In celebration of Earth Month (April) and Earth Day (April 22), SWACO is encouraging residents to “recycle right” to reduce their environmental impact.

“People can make a big difference by taking just a few small steps,” Greer-Brown continued. “By placing accepted items in curbside or drop-off recycling containers, residents can reduce pollution, support jobs and conserve natural resources. Buying products made from recycled content helps, too.”

Franklin County accepts five materials in the curbside recycling program:

1. Cardboard and paper products

2. Plastic bottles and jugs

3. Glass bottles and jars (all colors)

4. Metal cans

5. Cartons

Everything else should be reused, donated, composted or safely disposed. When done correctly, recycling lessens pollution by cutting the need to harvest new raw materials, reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change, conserves natural resources like trees, and supports 10 times more jobs than landfilling.

SWACO is also celebrating Earth Month and Earth Day by partnering with several organizations and communities in Franklin County to host safe-disposal events.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

Improper disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) pollutes the environment and poses a threat to human health.

ODOT District 5 Participates in Litter Clean Up Day

JACKSONTOWN – ODOT District 5 crews were out in full force picking up litter on Friday, April 20. With Earth Day right around the corner, it’s a good time to remind Ohioans the importance of keeping our state roadways beautiful and clean.

Litter is a persistent and preventable problem – one that costs taxpayers $4 million each year to clean up. ODOT crews in District 5 pick up nearly 10,000 bags of trash each year on state, U.S., and interstate highways in Coshocton, Fairfield, Guernsey, Knox, Licking, Muskingum, and Perry counties.

“Not only is litter expensive, but it takes us away from more important roadwork,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.

When it comes to litter, you can help! Fortunately, ODOT does get aid from local volunteers, including its more than 1,400 Adopt-A-Highway groups.

ODOT’s Adopt-A-Highway groups – at least one in each of Ohio’s 88 counties – clean a two-mile section, or interchange, a minimum of four times a year for two years. On average, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers pick up 25,000 bags of trash, saving ODOT $280,000. Groups wanting to adopt a section of highway or an interchange can apply at:

With construction season among us, please remember to slow down and move over for all roadside workers.

The environmental review consultation and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.

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