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Jackets Earn Assist on SWACO's Recycling Goal

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
Ticket to see a Blue Jackets game: $10 (Huntington Green Seats).

A Sugardale Hotdog and a Bud Light: $8.50.
Knowing your Bud Light plastic bottle will be recycled: Priceless.

The Columbus Blue Jackets entered into a partnership with SWACO (Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio) during the 2005-06 season, where SWACO provides financial support, recycling containers, instructional information for consumers as well as waste management resources to the venue.

“Recycling is just one way we all can help our environment, ” said Paul D’Aiuto, Vice-President of Corporate Development. “We are excited about our partnership with SWACO and we think it will provide significant environmental benefits to our local community. "

An estimated 44,000 bottles are collected per event at Nationwide Arena.

Not bad. But that’s not all. In addition to Nationwide Arena, SWACO works with the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, COSI, The Ohio Expo Center & State Fair, King Arts Complex, Cooper Stadium and Crew Stadium.

“The goal here is that if people see the opportunity to recycle at work, at school and when they are having fun, it will become like second nature for them and they will start recycling at home too,” said John Remi, Director of Communications for SWACO.

In their first season working with the Columbus Crew, SWACO collected six tons of plastic bottles and cardboard during the 2005 season as the Crew were the first team in the MLS to have a recycling presence at the team’s stadium.

SWACO was created in 1989 when the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 592 to address the issue of waste management, as at the time Ohio was projected to run out of landfill space by 1996. When signed, the counties of Ohio formed associations called solid waste districts. Most of the solid waste districts encompass multiple counties.

SWACO, one of 52 such agencies in Ohio, runs a number of operations in Central Ohio, from the Franklin County Landfill to composting facilities, waste transit stations, and educational programs.

An important part of their mission established is to work with the residents of Franklin County to help educate and motivate them with regard to wise waste management, including the practices of reducing, reusing and recycling in order to reduce reliance on limited landfill space.

SWACO’s goal is to make recycling commonplace with Franklin County residents nearly anywhere they visit in central Ohio.

On SWACO’s goal, credit the Blue Jackets with an assist.

For more information on SWACO, log onto www.swaco.org.

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