Board Opening

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Solid Waste Management Plan Update

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Earth Day - April 22, 2017

Every year, since 1970, there have been sustainable and earth focused activities during the month of April, and... Read More »

Earth Week in Columbus - April 8 through April 15

Since 2007, thanks to Green Columbus, this area has benefited from more than 100,000 hours of resident... Read More »

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Getting the Word Out - Festivals and Food

SWACO is working hard to make Franklin County a leader by turning up the volume on issues involving diversion and waste reduction by providing program grants to put it into action.

SWACO Event Sponsorship Grant Recipients

Dublin Irish Fest
As a result of a new SWACO Event Sponsorship program grant of $5,000, Dublin Irish Festival organizers used 150 reusable SWACO-loaned recycling containers for cans and bottles during the three-day event.

Festival Sustainability Ambassadors also worked to educate and train, collect data, and collaborate with food vendors.

Columbus Food Truck Fest
SWACO was on board to support the Columbus Food Truck Fest at Columbus Commons.

Providing $5,000 for recycling signage and reusable clear stream containers, SWACO helped to support a full-scale, intensive, recyclable diversion initiative, and for the first time, an organic waste diversion initiative was piloted.

With over 65 mobile food vendors at one of the largest culinary events in the Midwest, thousands of pounds of waste and recyclable material were generated.

Featured in the Columbus Dispatch Weekender, Chas Chaplan, Food Truck Fest Co-Owner said, “These initiatives would not be possible without the support and sponsorship from SWACO. They are equally committed to helping Columbus become one of the most progressive and eco-friendly cities in the nation.”

Materials will also be used at other food truck events in the county such as the Columbus Mobile Food Conference, Live Nation, and the Whitehall Food Festival.

SWACO efforts were also noted on All Sides with Ann Fisher. Listeners can replay it at: http://radio.wosu.org/programs/all-sides-ann-fisher