Solid Waste Management

solid waste  The Richland County Regional Solid Waste Management Authority came into existence in April 1996, by a vote of the county commissioners, city and village councils and the township trustees. The Solid Waste Authority encompasses all of Richland County. Please visit our web site at
The RCRSWMA is governed by a seven member Board of Trustees that meets monthly as needed to address the business of the Authority.

The RCRSWMA has three long-term goals as set by the Ohio EPA and confirmed by the Authority's Board of Trustees:

  • To reduce the amount of waste going to landfills from Richland County
  • To increase the amount of recycling in the county
  • To maintain the closed Richland County Landfill insuring it meets all Ohio EPA and US EPA rules and regulations
The Authority uses education as the primary means of reducing waste sent to landfills. For example, all fourth grade classes in the county are invited to spend a day in our Environmental Classroom where students learn about reducing waste through hands-on activities. To increase recycling, the RCRSWMA has placed and maintains drop-off recycling containers at ten locations throughout Richland County.

The School & Community Recycling As Partner (S.C.R.A.P.) program will continue this year. A recycling trailer will visit elementary schools in Mansfield and Shelby to collect recyclable materials such as aluminum cans, steel cans, #1 plastic (pop bottles), #2 plastic (milk jugs and laundry detergent bottles) and newspapers. Any money that comes from the sale of the materials collected at the school will go to the school for special projects. Be watching your newspaper for a schedule of when the SCRAP recycling trailer will be visiting your local elementary school. You can also visit our web site at to get the schedule.

A yard waste composting facility, located across from the old county landfill, allows residents a place to take their grass, leaves, shrubs, and other plant material. The Authority also sponsors collection events such as Household Appliance Collection Day held in April, Scrap Tire Collection Day held in May, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day held in October.

Projects include - Earth Stewardship Month in April, and Recycle America Month in November.
The Authority is a self-sufficient department. All funding comes from 1) a generation fee of $7.50 per ton on all waste generated in Richland County; 2) a contract fee of $1.00 per ton of waste originating outside of Richland County and deposited at the Rumpke, Noble Road Landfill; and 3) a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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