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A view from the top of the SWACO landfill.
Thomas Bradley / WOSU

Last year, 152,000 tons of food waste was sent to the landfill in Central Ohio. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) is announcing an action plan to cut that number in half by 2030.

Community representatives ceremonially toss recycleales into bins that will be distributed to their residents.
Olivia Miltner / WOSU

Five Central Ohio communities will be handing out 38,000 new recycling bins to their residents, free of cost, over the next month.

Nick Evans / WOSU

It’s been six years since Columbus started offering free curb-side recycling. The program proved popular, but it’s only available to people who live in buildings with four or fewer units. That’s a big problem for student housing near The Ohio State University, a school that prides itself on zero waste.

Sam Hendren / WOSU

A study of Central Ohio’s recycling industry, commissioned by a local waste management company, shows it's created thousands of jobs and generated more than a billion dollars in annual revenue. 

Curious Cbus: What Happens To My Trash?

May 24, 2016
Sam Hendren / 89.7 NPR News

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote on one of the questions, and we answer. To ask your question, visit wosu.org/curious. The first question came from Jon Hsu:

What happens to our waste (trash, recycling, yard waste) once it's collected? Where does it actually go?

Sam Hendren / WOSU

A Michigan-based company now buys methane gas generated by Franklin County’s decomposing garbage.