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.
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 www.swaco.org.
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.
What is the new Westerville Cart Recycling Program?The City of Westerville has decided to replace the smaller red bins that are currently used with larger, wheeled recycling carts to improve our community's recycling program. Wheeled recycling carts provide more room for recyclables, have a lid to prevent blowing litter and are easier to move to the curb. All City residents that currently receive curbside service will receive a new cart.
What should I do if my cart is missing or damaged?Submit a request to the City of Westerville at (614) 901-6740. We will repair or replace the broken or missing cart.
Will collection of my recycling change under the new program?Rumpke will continue to collect recycling on your regular recycling collection day. Your collection day will not change.
What should I do with my old recycling bin?Bins may be retained for use inside your home or garage. Bins brought to the curbside after the delivery of your new cart will be collected by Rumpke.
Can I request a smaller or larger recycling container?We're asking all residents to use the cart to recycle for at least 60 days before deciding whether it is the correct size. The 64-gallon size is used by many communities in Franklin County and we're confident that it will be an appropriate size for more households. If after 60 days you are still interested in a differently sized cart, please call (614) 901-6740 to discuss possible options.
Where should I store my new recycling cart?
In some cases, your HOA may have deed requirements for storage and/or placement that are additional to City code standards. Homeowners should reference HOA deed restrictions for compliance that may be additional to Westerville regulations. (Ord. 961.04).
Still have questions about recycling carts?If you have additional questions, please call the City at (614) 901-6740 or email email@example.com. You can also visit our website at www.westerville.org/recycling for updates about the program.
Do I have to pay for my new recycling cart?There is no cost to residents for the new carts thanks to a grant and cost-sharing program provided through SWACO.
I placed flattened cardboard boxes outside of my cart. Why weren't they collected with my recycling?Rumpke asks residents to break down cardboard boxes and place them inside in the blue carts to be collected with recycling. Flattened cardboard left outside the carts will be collected with refuse.
My recycling cart lid is bent. Is it broken?No. The lids are expected to flatten out over time and fit to close. The materials will become more malleable, particularly once exposed to heat/sunshine. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at (614) 901-6740.