CW recycling initiative

The city of Canal Winchester and SWACO teamed up to introduce Recycle Right, Make a Difference – an initiative aimed at improving Franklin County’s rate of recycling.

The majority of Central Ohioans agree that recycling and reducing waste can help to reduce the impacts of climate change and reflects well on our community.

While Franklin County’s current rate of recycling (51 percent) exceeds the national average, more than three-fourths of all material currently entering the county landfill could have been recycled or composted. The city of Canal Winchester wants to do its part to improve recycling and protect the environment and local economy.

In 2020, the city negotiated a new waste hauling and recycling services contract with Rumpke Waste & Recycling, which made convenient, curbside recycling available to 3,000 households.

“In our first full year offering curbside recycling, Rumpke collected over 575 tons of recyclable material from our residents,” said Canal Winchester Mayor Mike Ebert. “We’re proud of that number, but we know we can do better.”

Now Canal Winchester is partnering with SWACO to introduce Recycle Right, a program designed to promote proper recycling to residents using the curbside and drop off programs. Utilizing recycling reminders, information about what to recycle and what to avoid putting in the curbside recycling cart and providing access to a digital search tool, the Recycle Right program hopes to increase the effectiveness of recycling in the city of Canal Winchester and, in turn, further reduce Franklin County’s reliance on the landfill.

“It’s no longer enough to simply recycle, we must recycle correctly if we want to create the greatest economic and environmental benefits for Central Ohio,” said Hanna Greer-Brown, communications manager for SWACO. “Recycling right is easy and convenient to do and we applaud the city of Canal Winchester for making it a priority again this year.”

One of the main goals of the Recycle Right campaign is to reduce the amount of non-recyclable items that are being put in curbside recycling carts. Every year, items like plastic bags, batteries and wire hangers add delays, dangers and expenses to the recycling process.
In Franklin County, the following materials are accepted for recycling at the curb: paper and cardboard; plastic bottles, cups, jugs and tubs; glass bottles and jars; metal cups and cans; and carton containers.

Everything else should be reused, donated, composted or disposed of safely.
Proper recycling can have a lasting positive impact on both the environment and on local economies. The Recycle Right campaign is designed to improve recycling and the city of Canal Winchester’s economy in ways that will pay off for years to come.

To learn more about the Recycle Right campaign or the many benefits of recycling, visit or

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