In the News: Ohio State, SWACO to Test Improved Waste Management Strategies

In a new collaboration, announced in advance of America Recycles Day Nov. 15, Ohio State and SWACO will share expertise and resources to divert waste from Franklin County’s Sanitary Landfill. They will use Ohio State’s campus as a living laboratory to test waste diversion projects — from education and behavioral change to new recycling technologies — with the aim of scaling up successful strategies across Central Ohio.

“Ohio State and SWACO share a vision to manage solid waste materials in a way to benefit the economy, the environment and the community of Central Ohio,” says Aparna Dial, Ohio State’s senior director of sustainability for Facilities Operations and Development.

Ohio State set a goal for achieving zero waste, which means diverting at least 90% of waste from the landfill, by 2025. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO), which serves Franklin County and neighboring areas, aims to divert 75% of all materials away from the Franklin County Landfill by 2032.

Read more on the Sustainability Institute website.