SWACo says 2007 was record year

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The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) has reported record amounts of materials recycled at its 190 drop off recycling locations throughout Columbus and Franklin County.

In 2007, 10,756 tons of bottles, cans. paper and cardboard have been recycled. That is over 1,100 tons better than 2006. In addition, the December totals are over 200 tons better in a year to year comparison.

SWACO Executive Director Ron Mills credits the people of Columbus.

“It is clear our citizens want to do what is best for our community,” he said. “We have explained to them that recycling helps the environment, can save tax dollars, and is convenient. They have responded by recycling in record amounts.”

To handle the volume created by the community’s response, SWACO has increased pick up schedules. Some sites are now seeing daily collection on the part of SWACO drivers.

“We hope people will continue to increase what they recycle,” said Mills. “In turn we will respond with the quality service the community has come to expect from SWACO.”

SWACO recently added 121 new recycling locations at most Columbus City Schools in cooperation with the City of Columbus. Residents can drop off their recyclables at city school locations between 5 and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends. Other SWACO drop off recycling locations are available at anytime.

For a list of what is recyclable and the closest location, log onto www.swaco.org.

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