Commercial and Multi-family Recycling
Beginning January 1, 2024, commercial, institutional, and multi-family properties within the City of Bexley are required to partake in a recycling contract.
This comes as a result of the passage of Ordinance 35-22, which was crafted after cooperation with Bexley’s businesses, the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce, students from The Ohio State University, and the City's Sustainability Programs Coordinator. The City views this as a small but resolute step to address the short lifespan of the local landfill and resources that can be captured and transformed through recycling.
Bexley has arranged a contract with Rumpke for businesses and multi-family properties. Minimum size is stated in the ordinance, and cost is dependent upon receptacle size.
Click here to watch a 30-minute webinar to learn more about hosting a successful and sustainable business recycling program and to receive information on employee education tools, best practices for signage and bin placement, and what materials are accepted in the recycling program.
In Franklin County, there are six material types that are currently accepted for recycling:
Plastic Bottles, Tubs, & Jugs
Lids and labels accepted
Glass Bottles & Jars
All colors accepted
Remove aerosol tips
Rise and remove lids and straws
Empty & remove straws; no "party" cups please
There are two reasons for this program: the City of Bexley's Zero Waste Plan calls for expanding recycling services to multifamily residential properties, businesses, and institutions to reduce the amount of material from within Bexley sent to the landfill. Additionally, we have received feedback from business owners that bespoke recycling service is cost prohibitive; the scale provided by a city contract results in substantial savings to most recycling use cases.
Per the ordinance, all commercial, institutions, and multifamily properties are required to have recycling service. Bexley has negotiated a competitive rate with Rumpke to fulfill this service; properties that have a recycling service they believe fulfills the requirements of the ordinance are able to present their contract for review. Elizabeth Ellman for more information on this.
If you would prefer to utilize your current recycling service, or a service provided by a vendor outside of the City’s contract, you may do so provided that the recycling service meets or exceeds the requirements of Bexley’s Universal Recycling ordinance. Please contact Elizabeth Ellman for more information on this.
No, the City is not going to manage how you choose to use the service, the ordinance only requires that you have that service. In an office setting, we anticipate that papers, drink bottles, boxes, and select food waste containers will be recycled. In a multi-family property, we anticipate residents’ items as well as office materials will be recycled. In restaurants, we expect cardboard boxes and select food containers to be recycled.
We will be working with businesess before the program begins on January 1, 2024 to help determine the best receptacle location.
You will be billed via your water bill with a separate line item for recycling service.
under 10,000 square feet
96 gallon toter
$9.02 per month
over 10,000 square feet
4 yard dumpster
$83.33 per month
(5-8 unit property not already participating in the residential recycling program.)
three 96 gallon toters or one 2 yard dumpster
$27.06 per month (3 toters) or $72.50 per month (2 yard dumpster)
2 yard dumpster
$72.50 per month
4 yard dumpster
$83.33 per month
6 yard dumpster
$95 per month
8 yard dumpster
$118 per month
10 yard dumpster
$175 per month
combined 14 yards of dumpster
Prior to implementation on January 1, 2024, the following steps will be initiated by the City of Bexley. More information will be forthcoming as the dates approach. This list is subject to change.
- September 8, 2023: Completed questionnaires returned
- September-October: Site scouting and logistical work
- October 1, 2023: Request for exemption services submitted for commercial, multifamily, and institutional properties
- November-December, 2023: Educational material and receptacles distributed
- January 1, 2024: Program begins
Only items shown in the graphics from Rumpke and SWACO are accepted for recycling. If you are unsure whether or not an item is accepted, please ask or discard it to the landfill. When in doubt, throw it out! Please keep these items out of your recycling:
• Foam and plastic "clamshell" food containers
• Pizza boxes with leftover food or grease stains (please throw in food waste recycling or trash)
• "Tanglers" (hoses, wires, chains, textiles, or electronics)
• Plastic bags (return to retailer for proper disposal)
• "Party cups" (commonly Solo cups)
Keep your recycling loose and unbagged! This prevents further complications when being processed.
Regardless of the chasing arrows (triangle) symbol on items, Rumpke only accepts certain items for recycling. Unaccepted items in the recycling stream are contamination; these can cause havoc on the recycling machinery, more work for Rumpke employees, may cause service rates to rise, and will eventually end up in the landfill. Please see the information on this webpage to understand what is and is not accepted in recycling.
Household Hazardous Waste
Flammables, old paint, oil, helium tanks, etc.
SWACO provides Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) disposal services for all Franklin County residents. Most items are free to dispose of except latex and water based paints, which will incur a small fee for disposal. Identifying HHW is easy. Look for key words on the container such as poison, danger, caution, flammable, corrosive, or use in a well-ventilated area. Please consider buying less hazardous alternatives when possible. To find more information about this program, please click here.
Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
Computers, tablets, stereos, television, etc.
To safely remove e-waste from the waste stream, SWACO created the E-Waste Diversion Program (PDF) to collect and recycle old, unwanted e-waste in an environmentally-responsible manner. SWACO's E-Waste Diversion Program is open to Franklin County government agencies and all the cities, villages, townships and school districts located within the County. Please email email@example.com to coordinate.
The City is working with Rumpke and SWACO to provide information and educational items for businesses, multi-family properties, and institutions. We will be in touch with information, but please contact Elizabeth Ellman with immediate questions.