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SWACO educates area residents on recycling plastic materials

10TV spoke with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio about what plastic materials you can and cannot recycle in Franklin County.

GROVE CITY, Ohio — Plastic materials are in our every day lives, but many of these items have different rules on whether or not that they can be recycled. 10TV spoke with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) about how to properly recycle plastics in Franklin County.

"Nearly every Franklin County resident has access to recycling, either through their curbside program at their home or one of SWACO's drop off recycling containers," said SWACO Communications Manager Hanna Greer-Brown.

SWACO only accepts plastic bottles and jugs are accepted for recycling. These are plastics where the neck of the container is smaller than the base. Plastic caps can be left on the container after it has been emptied.

Other plastics such as grocery bags, produce bags, plastic wraps around cases of disposable water and even dry cleaning bags cannot be recycled through the curbside recycling program or the drop off program. They can, however, be recycled and used in other ways.

"They can be recycled at every large retailer in Franklin County. Many times when you go to the grocery store you can find those plastic recycling containers either in front of the store or right inside the doors near the cart corrals," Greer-Brown said.

Other plastics such as yogurt and hummus containers aren't accepted either, but they can be recycled elsewhere.

"Yogurt containers can be taken back to many local Whole Foods' 'Gimme 5 Recycling' programs, which accepts those materials for recycling," Greer-Brown said.

She also said these material get recycling and are made into other usable materials such as toothbrushes and razors.

SWACO aims to make it easy to limit our plastic consumption by offering some convenient and innovative tips on making the most of our must-have plastic materials. Greer-Brown suggests taking reusable bags to the grocery store of used plastic grocery bags to put your produce in and avoiding purchasing plastic materials in the first place. For example, if you typically buy sandwich bags at the store, try a different route and purchase reusable snack or sandwich bags.

For more information on how you can recycle right here in Franklin county, visit swaco.org for more details.