The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio is looking to find an alternate recycling center on the Northwest Side.

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio is looking to find an alternate recycling center on the Northwest Side.

SWACO officials learned last week that because of a change in the corporate structure at Meijer, the retail grocery chain has eliminated drop-off sites at 6175 Sawmill Road and 5050 N. Hamilton Road.

Home Depot, 5200 N. Hamilton Road, has agreed to accept recycling bins on the Northeast Side, but the elimination of nine containers at Meijer has left a huge hole in northwest Columbus, SWACO officials said.

"Of course we were disappointed," said Jodi Andes, SWACO spokeswoman. "Meijer was a great partner for a long time."

"You had hundreds of devoted recyclers who told us in surveys they were avid shoppers at Meijer.

"We understand change happens, so we've been looking for alternative locations."

Companies or landlords interested in becoming a drop-off location can call SWACO at 614-871-5100.

There are several other drop-off sites in the area, including Carriage Place Recreation Center, 4900 Sawmill Road; Meadow Park Church on God, 2425 Bethel Road; Centennial High School, 1441 Bethel Road; and Gables Elementary School, 1680 Becket Ave.

Meanwhile, SWACO has added a drop-off site at Lindsay Honda, 5805 Scarborough Blvd. on the Southeast Side, and at the Grove City Municipal Building, 3485 Park St.

SWACO operates the largest drop-off program in the nation, with more than 200 locations throughout central Ohio, Andes said. The agency collected just shy of 15,000 tons of recyclables last year, she said.

The solid waste authority is working with the city of Columbus on future drop-off locations at larger apartment complexes.

The Columbus Department of Public Service currently is evaluating criteria for expanding the curbside recycling program to condos, townhouses and smaller apartment complexes, said Erin Miller, the city's environmental steward.

The city and SWACO will look to position drop-off boxes in or near larger apartment complexes that aren't eligible for the 64-gallon carts, Miller said.

The curbside expansion is months away, she said.

Apartment-building owners likely will have to request the carts in writing, she said.