Food Waste Composting
The City of Gahanna is excited to announce a new program that benefits our residents and our community!
Gahanna residents can now drop off food waste at a new composting drop-off location here in the City. Residents can collect compostable materials at home and take them to the new local composting container, conveniently located at Friendship Park (150 Oklahoma Avenue).
How You Can Participate
Thanks to the support of a grant from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO), the City of Gahanna was able to partner with GoZERO Services (GoZERO), a food waste compost courier, in providing this program. Participating is easy!
Residents collect food scraps in a container of their choice and then drop off scraps into the GoZERO lime-green container that will be located at Friendship Park (150 Oklahoma Avenue), near the restrooms on the east side of the parking lot. Plastic bags, grocery bags or trash bags should NOT be used. GoZERO will empty and clean the container each week.
Although participation in the program is FREE, we are asking residents to register for the program to track interest and use. Please register HERE for this opportunity.
Guidelines for Program
Residents can help to make Gahanna’s new composting program a success by discarding only approved compostable materials from appropriate containers or by using liners certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute.
The use of compostable liners is encouraged, especially during summer months; however, it is important to use the correct type. GoZERO requires the use of BPI Certified Liners only. All liners must carry a “BPI compostable” mark.
Follow these guidelines to ensure only desired compost material is processed:
Accepted Materials (Food Waste Only)
- Small bones
- Fruits and vegetables including beans, nuts, peels and cores
- Dairy products including milk, yogurts and cheeses
- Eggs including shells
- Breads, grains, cereals and pastas
- Sauces, condiments and syrups
- Seasonings, herbs and spices
- Sweets and candies
- Coffee grounds
- Yard waste including leaves, wood and stone
- Pet waste
- PLU/UPC stickers
- Rubber bands, twine, twist ties or other bundling materials
- Jars, wrappers, foil, bags, tubs, trays and other plastic or Styrofoam containers
- Plastic bags and other non-compostable plastics including coatings and films
- Metal including cans and aluminum foil
- Healthcare products and medical waste
Nearly one million pounds of food waste is landfilled in Franklin County every single day. Composting is one way to reduce food waste at home and at work, and is an important and critical step toward protecting our natural resources, reducing our reliance on the landfill and ensuring a greener tomorrow for generations to come.
In an effort to keep food out of the landfill and reclaiming it to be a resource for our community, SWACO and the Central Ohio Food Waste Initiative have launched the #SaveMoreThanFood campaign to draw awareness around the impact of food waste on our community, economy and environment. Gahanna is a proud partner with SWACO on the #SaveMoreThanFood campaign. Visit https://savemorethanfood.org/ for more information on this initiative.