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Throw Away Bad Recycling Habits.

Posted July 31, 2018 in Your Community by Anna Subler

By putting only accepted items in your recycling bin, you’ll be protecting the environment, preserving landfill space and creating employment opportunities in your community.

The amount of waste being generated by Franklin County is staggering. In fact, last year, 2.1 million tons of waste were generated by residents and businesses – enough to fill Ohio Stadium four times. And even though nearly half of that material is being recycled or composted, over one million tons of waste still finds its way to Franklin County’s landfill every year. Recycling has never been more important.

Don’t just recycle. Recycle Right.

There are a number of items, like yogurt cups, plastic and foam food containers, plastic bags and wire hangers that many people think are recyclable in their curbside bin but really aren’t. And improper items can cause serious delays and added expense to the recycling process.

In Franklin County, only five items are accepted for recycling:

  • Paper and Cardboard
  • Plastic Bottles and Jugs
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Metal Cans
  • Cartons

Everything else should be reused, donated, composted or disposed of safely.

It’s also important that recyclable items are prepared correctly. Cardboard boxes should be broken down and recyclables should be kept loose in the bin – not bagged.

Why does all of this matter?

Proper recycling helps a lot more than the environment. Fewer resources earmarked for landfills means more resources available for well-paying community jobs. Reusing and recycling materials also creates opportunities for new product innovations and technologies.

Make a Difference.

Hilliard and SWACO want to make recycling right as easy as possible for you.

If you want more details on our Recycling Right campaign, head to www.swaco.org/RecycleRight