On America Recycles Day, SWACO Announces New Record for Recycling in Franklin County
November 15, 2016 is America Recycles Day and throughout Franklin County, residents, communities and businesses are doing more than ever before to reduce their waste, and to reuse and recycle as much as possible. According to data gathered by SWACO and released this morning, in 2015, Franklin County recycled 40-percent of all of the waste generated in the District – a new record high for the community.
Nationally, the rate of recycling is currently 34-percent.
The increase in recycling is documented in SWACO’s Annual District Report (ADR), which is compiled each year and submitted to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Data is compiled from communities and private businesses and recycling scrap yards, processors, and brokers that are located within the District in order to measure whether the Solid Waste District is meeting the state recycling goal of 25-percent.
The 2015 ADR Review Form is available here.
Recycling benefits our environment and economy. In fact, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance reports that, “On a per-ton basis, sorting and processing recyclables alone sustain 10 times more jobs than landfilling or incineration.” (Recycling Means Business, 2/1/02)
While Franklin County’s rate of recycling is at an all-time high, SWACO is working with communities, businesses and residents to seize the momentum and continue to do more. On America Recycles Day, SWACO is partnering with Keep America Beautiful to promote a Recycling Pledge.
Residents can sign the pledge at www.americanrecyclesday.org in which they commit to learning what materials are accepted for recycling in their community, acting to recycle more and reduce the amount of waste they generate and sharing the #BeRecycled pledge with family and friends.
Recycling is easy and convenient in Franklin County. Log on to swaco.org to learn more.