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Westerville, Ohio
Population: 35,320
Bottle Bill: No
Collection Method: Contractor
Funding: $14.50 per month for curbside refuse, recycling and yard waste
Households Served: 10,547
Truck Type: Both rear and side loading trucks
Container Type: Two 18 gallon containers are provided free of charge
Materials Processing Facility: Single stream processing
Westerville, Ohio

Westerville, incorporated in 1858, is the largest suburb of Columbus, Ohio. It is governed by a council-manager form of government, and experienced significant growth of single family homes and associated commercial development over the past ten years. Westerville’s incorporated area is 12.4 square miles, with an average population density of 2,850 people per square mile. The 2007 median income of Westerville was $75,540, and was ranked #15 in Money Magazine's 100 Best Places to Live in 2009.

Westerville started curbside recycling in the early 1990’s. Last year Rumpke, Westerville’s recycling and refuse collection contractor reported collecting 3299 tons of recyclables from the 10,547 households served, or 625 pounds per household. Curbside refuse, recycling and yard waste collection is provided to all residents in 1-4 family dwelling units on a weekly basis.

Westerville bids the curbside collection contract as part of a consortium of communities who have all joined together to issue a single Request for Bids. The current price is $14.50 per household for weekly refuse, recycling and yard waste collection. This price is expected to increase to $16.00 per household at the end of the current contract term.

Westerville is also a “Smart Community” member of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO). SWACO owns the landfill disposal capacity in the district, and provides its Smart Community members with technical assistance, resources and grants to reduce waste generation and increase recycling.

SWACO Guiding Principles are:
1. Focus on the use of technically viable and economically sound technologies.
2. Utilize proven business principles in the management of District programs and projects.
3. Promote public awareness and knowledge concerning effective and efficient management of the District municipal solid waste stream.
4. Assure that all initiatives involving outside private or public sector partners identify and incorporate mutually beneficial outcomes.
5. Support waste reduction, recycling, and reuse programs and technologies that will be both environmentally and economically sustainable.

Rumpke, Westerville’s collection contractor, was an early leader in the conversion to single stream processing, and currently operates three single stream processing facilities in Ohio. Rumpke is required under the Westerville contract to conduct outreach to increase recycling. This outreach includes four mailings each year, and outreach on its websites: and, which educate residents about the basics of recycling.