Four drop-off recycling locations, including one in the Northland area, have been added by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, officials have announced.

“Following ongoing evaluation and changes to make the program more effective and cost-efficient, SWACO’s drop-off recycling program is adding four locations to better serve all Franklin County communities,” according to an announcement.

The new sites, which were to be in place beginning June 18, include one at the North YMCA, 1640 Sandalwood Place.

The other new locations are:

• Groveport Community Center, 7370 Groveport Road

• Fire Station 192, 4100 Sullivant Ave.

• Fire Station 133, 501 Beecher Road in Gahanna

“In addition to the new sites, SWACO has invested in new paint and signage on the containers to make it easier for residents to know what to recycle and what not to recycle,” the release said. “SWACO is working with all four communities to ensure residents know that in Franklin County, only flattened paper and cardboard, plastic bottles and jugs, glass bottles and jars, metal cans and cartons are accepted for recycling.”

“SWACO is pleased to be able to provide this service to the residents and businesses in Franklin County,” said Kyle O’Keefe, SWACO’s director of innovation and programs. “Many residents want to recycle everything that they can, which is admirable. However, many items that are commonly believed to be recyclable, such as plastic bags, fast-food containers, Styrofoam packing materials, hangers, hoses and scrap metal, cannot be recycled through the drop-off program. Improper materials deposited in the drop-off containers contaminate the recycling stream and result in greater costs to operate the program.”

Suspected illegal dumping, littering and improper use of the sites can be reported anonymously to itsacrime.org or by calling (614) 871-5322.

With the addition of these four recycling sites, SWACO’s drop-off recycling program now has 56 public drop-off locations.

Last year, the program helped to divert more than 7,000 tons of material from the landfill, according to SWACO.

For more information on what can be placed in the containers or to locate a container near you, visit www.swaco.org/DropOffRecycling.