Residents of Columbus and Franklin County residents continue to recycle in record numbers at the 200 Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio Recycling Drop-Off locations, SWACO said.

Residents of Columbus and Franklin County residents continue to recycle in record numbers at the 200 Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio Recycling Drop-Off locations, SWACO said.

Collections for 2008 show 12,944 tons, or 2,588,800 pounds, delivered to the centers. That is a 21-percent increase over the 10,755 tons collected in 2007 at the SWACO locations.

Numbers for 2009 are tracking about 10 percent ahead of 2008, according to a SWACO spokesman.

"Obviously, the importance of recycling is reaching people," SWACO Executive Director Ron Mills said in a statement. "During the holidays, it was very evident that people were recycling in larger numbers. Our crews added extra collections to keep pace with the larger volumes of material."

On average, SWACO collects 35 to 40 tons of recyclables 364 days a year with three trucks and crews on the road.

SWACO officials are re-evaluating the routing system to see if increased efficiencies can be identified that will better serve the public.

"Residents can help us help them," Mills was quoted as saying. "When people take their recyclables to our drop-off locations, we ask that they break down any cardboard boxes that they bring. This will create additional space for the recyclables of other residents. SWACO drivers work hard to keep the areas around the drop off locations clean. When residents break down their boxes, it helps keep other recyclables in the containers and eliminates overflow problems."