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Together we can "RECYCLE RIGHT"

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Westerville Recycling Cart

Westerville is "On a Roll"...

Did you know that the average Columbus Region resident generates between four or five pounds of waste each day? There is only so much landfill space available, so it's more important than ever that we mobilize to reuse, recycle, compost or divert as much as we can.

To help ramp up the Westerville community's participation in curbside recycling, the City deployed more than 11,000 new recycling carts to residents in spring 2019.

About the Carts

The receptacles can hold up to 64-gallons of recyclables and are easier-to-move, featuring wheels for rolling and a handle for efficient transport to curbside, as well as an attached lid. The new carts are made available through a grant and cost-sharing program provided through the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO).

Proper Cart Placement

When wheeling out your blue carts, please remember to position them with the arrow on the lid pointing toward the street. This helps the mechanical collection process run smoothly.
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Questions about Proper Recycling?

Have a question about what’s accepted or not accepted for recycling? Visit SWACO’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

Have Unwanted or Hard-to-Recycle Items?

Visit SWACO’s “Reuse and Recycling Search Tool” to find the best solution for your unwanted item.

Reuse, Donate Recycle.

For additional information on diversion options like reuse, donation and recycling, please visit SWACO’s website at

A Note About Cardboard...

Cardboard boxes need to be broken down and placed in the blue carts to be collected with recycling. Flattened cardboard left outside the carts will be collected with refuse. 

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SWACO Recycling Accepted Items


  • What is the new Westerville Cart Recycling Program?
  • What should I do if my cart is missing or damaged?
  • Will collection of my recycling change under the new program?
  • What should I do with my old recycling bin?
  • Can I request a smaller or larger recycling container?
  • Where should I store my new recycling cart?
  • Still have questions about recycling carts?
  • Do I have to pay for my new recycling cart?
  • I placed flattened cardboard boxes outside of my cart. Why weren't they collected with my recycling?
  • My recycling cart lid is bent. Is it broken?
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