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Waste and Recycling Haulers Update

The following information has been compiled to provide hauling and recycling companies with specialized news and information to assist in working with the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill and SWACO.

As always, when time sensitive information is necessary, haulers and recyclers will receive an email special edition bulletin.

Reduced Tipping Fee Rate
SWACO is positioned to retire the debt on Columbus’s former Waste-to-Energy facility, and will reduce the cost of waste disposal, (known as a tipping fee), at the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill.

After a three-month public process, including public hearings on the new, proposed rate structure, a formal action by the SWACO Board of Trustees has been completed.

The new rate will be $39.75 per ton, down from $42.75 per ton. The new rate structure, (a $3 reduction in rate per ton for disposal), will go into on April 1, 2017.

The good news is that the new rate will continue to allow the organization to sustain current operations, maintain appropriate fund balance reserves, and provide diversion programming in 2017.
Landfill and Transfer Station Holiday Hours
Monday, February 20 – Presidents Day (Landfill Open 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day (Closed)
Tuesday, July 4 – Independence Day (Closed)
Monday, September 4 – Labor Day (Closed)
Monday, October 9 – Columbus Day (Landfill Open 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Thursday, November 23 – Thanksgiving Day (Closed)
Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day (Closed)

Special Hours
On Saturdays after holidays that FCSL is closed, hours will be extended to 5 a.m.-1 p.m.

For questions or concerns regarding the operating hours listed above for each location, please contact the appropriate operations personnel listed below:

Shilo Pletcher, Landfill Supervisor
Direct Line: 614-801-6420
Cell Phone: 614-314-5852

Aaron Hitchcock, Transfer Supervisor
Direct Line: 614-871-6749
Cell Phone: 614-679-7194


New Landfill ‘Cell’ Underway
Franklin County’s publicly owned landfill is an asset – providing residents and businesses with competitive waste disposal rates while always keeping the health, safety, and welfare of the community as top priorities.

Franklin County residents and businesses will be able to realize those public benefits for many years to come based on the actions that SWACO is taking to complete a major strategic goal – to extend the landfill’s life by over 30 years.

In 2016, the groundwork for a new 33-acre landfill cell, (Cell H4), was constructed at the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill. (A cell is a certain area within the landfill for trash to be placed.)

The design and construction cost approximately $15 million and SWACO is anticipating three years of use from the new cell. Beginning in December 2016, the new cell accepted its first load of municipal solid waste. It will hold 4.3 cubic yards of waste or about 3.2 million tons.

Today, the working face and roads are well maintained, contributing to shorter wait times, high productivity and increased revenues for haulers.
Rolling In – This Month

Be on the look out for six new 2017 Peterbilt 567 Semi-Tractors. The state-of-the art vehicles will provide SWACO drivers with every available piece of technology at their fingertips. The new equipment will save time, money and improve safety.

The new semi-tractors will be equipped with Peterbilt’s SmartLINQ connected truck technology to help provide maximum uptime, streamline service management, and ensure trucks are running at peak performance.

The remote diagnostics system will interface with the GPS system and will help drivers to perform their job more efficiently.

Truck scale weight indicators will enable drivers to see weights before, during and after loading at transfer stations.

The Cummins 12L ISX-V is the most modern engine on the market and as a result the most fuel-efficient.

Fleet and Facilities Maintenance Manager Tom Kanouff is excited for the trucks to begin rolling in and for the savings to begin showing up on the bottom line.
Back it Up Safely

Since the leading cause of fatalities within the solid waste industry is related to the act of backing up, SWACO’s Safety Manager Debra Bateman and SWACO managers will join the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) in a weeklong awareness campaign.

SWACO will conduct a weeklong training and awareness effort to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries related to equipment backing incidents.

To help eliminate backing incidents and create a safer work environment for all:
o Review job sites, safety policies and procedures for backing
o Ensure everyone has the training they need
o Review the NWRA website Safety Stand Down on Backing event for additional information

Service Briefs

Freezing and thawing during the winter months can result in muddy or icy service roads at the landfill. When vehicles get stuck, landfill employees can assist by pushing or pulling the vehicle to solid ground.

In the event that a vehicle has to be dug out, SWACO offers this service at a modest $40 service fee.

Scale Reports
Landfill operations personnel can provide daily tickets and turn around reports for haulers when requested.

New Wheel Wash Coming
A new landfill wheel wash is currently in the design phase and construction will be completed this fall.

Feedback Wanted

As always, SWACO is interested in your observations, comments and ideas. Please contact us anytime. We appreciate your time and input.