• Landfill Hours
  • Recycling Programs

Each resident in Franklin County generates on average 4-5 pounds of waste every day, which, if not reused or recycled, composted or diverted, makes it way to the landfill.

Every year, approximately a million tons of waste is disposed of at the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill (FCSL). The FCSL is a municipal solid waste landfill designed to protect the environment and regulated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Learn more about the steps SWACO takes to keep waste from entering the landfill, protect public health and natural resources and have a positive impact on the economy.

Join us for a landfill tour.

SWACO offers several free public tours of the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill each year. Availability is limited. Tours will be offered on the following dates and times in 2017:

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 9 am
Thursday, May 18 at 10:00 am
Saturday, August 12 at 9:00 am
Wednesday, October 25 at 9:30 am

Landfill tours last approximately 60-90 minutes and include an in-classroom presentation and an in-vehicle tour.

To inquire about taking a tour of the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill, please call 614-801-6438 or e-mail


SWACO Resource Center, 4149 London Groveport Rd., Grove City, Ohio 43123

Days and times:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Groups cannot be scheduled any later than 3:00 p.m.

From downtown Columbus, take interstate 71 south towards Grove City.  Exit 97 (London- Groveport Road) and turn right.  Travel west for approximately 1 mile.  The landfill will be on your left.  Please follow the signs to the SWACO Resource Center.  Turn left into the 4239 London Groveport Rd. entrance, stay straight (do not bear to the right) follow sign to the Resource Center (brown ranch style house) located at 4149 London Groveport Rd.  PLEASE NOTE: ROAD CONSTRUCTION BEGINS SOUTH OF 270 ON INTERSTATE 71.  THIS HAS CAUSED DELAYS.  PLEASE ALLOW ENOUGH TIME FOR DELAYS IN ORDER TO ARRIVE ON TIME FOR YOUR SCHEDULED FIELD TRIP.

SWACO Modern Landfill Poster:

SWACO Sanitary Landfill Poster
(Download a landfill poster 72 DPI for digital screen usage)

W.O.W. CUrriculUM

What is a Landfill?

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PP Presentation
created by Amee DeWitt

1st Grade Student’s Trip to the Landfill - Click below to watch!

Ava's Reflections

COSI Group Takes a Landfill Tour

SWACO Presentation and Landfill Tour Experience

SWACO offers field trips to the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill (FCSL) for school groups and other interested organizations & clubs. The presentation consists of a preliminary discussion and slide show that outlines the engineering, regulations and monitoring of a modern day sanitary landfill. Visitors will also learn about diversion, beneficial use of closed landfill sites, the difficulty of siting a sanitary landfill and the future outlook for waste disposal in Franklin County. Immediately following the presentation at the Resource Center visitors will enter the landfill site to view the working face. The experience will offer first-hand knowledge that many will not forget! Please note: Visitors will remain inside the vehicle or school bus at all times.

Please be sure to read below before scheduling 


  • General Guidelines

    A minimum of 10 people is required before arranging a field trip.

    There must be an adult, 18 years or older, accompany each group.                                                                            

    SWACO can accommodate a maximum of 50 visitors in one group and one bus per trip.

    Field trips are offered to 1st - 12th grades, college and university students.

    All field trips begin at the SWACO Resource Center, located at 4149 London Groveport Road, Grove City, OH 43123.

    Picture-taking, video-recording and sound-recording are not allowed in the classroom during the presentation, but are permitted outside of the classroom, including inside the landfill.

  • Scheduling

    Field trips are provided throughout the year and are scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between the hours of 9:00am - 3:00pm for all student groups.  Tours for the general public are offered several times a year also.  Please check our website for these dates and times.

    Field trips are approximately 60 - 90 minutes in length, beginning with a 30-minute presentation in the SWACO Resource Center and concluding with a tour of the landfill site.

    SWACO reserves the right to cancel tours to the landfill due to inclement weather or other situations that affect the landfill environment.

    Field trips cannot be scheduled more than 90 days in advance, and tentatively scheduled field trips will only be held for 10 business days.

    The number of field trips per school may be limited in order to accommodate the large number of requests received during the school year.

  • Transportation

    Upon arrival, a SWACO van will be available to accommodate small groups with 13 people or less. If there are 14 or more people in a group, arrangements must be made with a bus company to transport your group. Private vehicles will not be allowed on the landfill site.

    Motor Coaches should not be reserved for field trips due to under-carriage clearance issues.

    Children riding in a car seat or booster seat are not permitted to participate in the landfill tours, unless they are traveling in a school bus.

    Bus Reimbursement (up to $185.00 per trip) is available to all Franklin County schools.

  • Participants agree to SWACO's Field Trip Consent and Release.

Landfill Tour Worksheets and Teacher Keys