SWACO NEWS

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 »

Earth Day Ideas

Get involved this Earth Day. Read More »

It's Spring

Simple tips to be green this Spring Read More »

Valentine's Day - Turn Red Into Green

Tips for keeping your Valentine's Day celebration easy on your wallet and the Earth. Read More »

SWACO Lowers Rate to Dispose of Waste

Following a three-month public process, the SWACO Board of Trustees approved a proposal to reduce the landfill tipping... Read More »

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SWACO Partnerships Impact Lives

SWACO relies on the efforts and partnerships of organizations such as the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), residents, local government, businesses, law enforcement agencies and the public to make a difference in reducing waste and removing hazardous materials from our surroundings. Below are a few recent activities.

MORPC Summit on Sustainability

SWACO recently developed a session for MORPC’s Summit on Sustainability entitled Turning Waste into Wealth; Growing our Circular Economy.

During the session attendees engaged with a panel of experts, including Rumpke Recycling, Goodwill Columbus and Community Plates, who shared real examples unfolding in Central Ohio. They discussed opportunities and challenges for increasing jobs and revenues, as well as improving environmental and community benefits.

Members of the Environmental Crimes Task Force, funded by SWACO, were on hand to promote anti-littering and proper disposal of plastic bags through the Bring Me Back Campaign.

Successful Drug Take-Back Day Can Save Lives

Central Ohioans safely disposed of more than 2,000 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Seventeen local law enforcement agencies and nine central Ohio Kroger locations participated.

Law enforcement collected eighty-five boxes of drugs as a result of event promotions by SWACO, NBC4, West-Ward Pharmaceuticals and Cardinal Health.

Nine permanent drug drop-off locations are available year round, click here for details.

Political Sign Recycling Effort Works
Central Ohioans did their part to recycle signs, frames and handouts, giving new life to plastic, paper, cardboard and metal in the effort.

During the November Political Sign Recycling Collection event a total of 78 vehicles dropped off materials at two locations. The effort resulted in the recycling of:
 300 lbs. of paper signs
 500 lbs. of plastic and corrugated plastic signs
 600 lbs. of paper campaign brochures and handouts
 2,250 lbs. of metal sign stakes

Missed the Event?
Materials can be recycled in the following ways:
• Paper and cardboard signs – curbside recycling (remove metal frames)
• Metal frames – local scrap yards, metal recyclers, or reuse in the future
• Plastic signs that stretch – recycle them at plastic bag take-back locations (remove metal frames)

Landfill Tours Now Open to Individuals
Beginning November of 2016, landfill tours expanded beyond community groups, teachers and students.

The general public was invited to participate in the 60-90 minute tour and 13 individuals participated.

The eye-opening activity was educational, informational and many say, life-changing.

The next public tour is scheduled for March 18 at 9:00 a.m. Space is limited, so register as soon as possible by emailing info@swaco.org. Additional information is located here.