Promoting recycling, increasing efforts to stop illegal dumping and providing more environmental education programs are major components of Franklin County's new solid waste management plan.
The five-year plan, a state requirement, was approved by Franklin Fiscal Court in December.
"A big emphasis will be on public education," said Magistrate Jill Robinson, who serves on the county's Environmental Task Force. "We want to work harder to try to take things out of the waste stream so less items are going to the landfill. We also want to convince people to stop illegal dumping."
Judge-Executive Teresa Barton said trying to improve environmental education and recycling efforts, and awareness about the importance of keeping the county clean, are the highlights of the plan.
Franklin County has provided universal collection of residential waste since 1990, meaning all county residents who put their garbage at curbside on a designated day will have it picked up.
For more on this story, see today's State Journal.