Event Waste Reduction Grant Program
SWACO has an Event Waste Reduction Grant Program to help local event organizers reduce event-generated waste and divert as much as possible from the landfill. In 2018, SWACO awarded three Event Waste Reduction Grants:
Columbus Underground's 2018 CoffeeFest received grant funding to purchase reusable mugs, glasses and water jugs. The two-day event in September attracted 3,200 guests, exhibitors and volunteers. Switching from disposable to reusable containers diverted more than 18,000 polystyrene and paper cups from the landfill. In addition, more than 350 pounds of coffee grounds were composted!
The Greater Columbus Convention Center used its grant to purchase 40 durable recycling containers for the collection and recycling of bottles, cans, paper and cardboard at events held in the convention center, beginning with the Women's Final Four in March 2018.
To implement recycling and food waste composting at its spring and fall community events, Franklinton Farms used its grant to purchase recycling containers for the collection of bottles and cans, and composting containers for the collection and composting of food waste and paper products. Franklinton Farms collected 50 pounds of recyclable materials and 1,675 pounds of food waste at the two events.
Three grants totaling more than $8,000