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RCSW strives to address the recycling needs of the community by offering opportunities throughout the year to recycle items such as Household Hazardous Wastes, Medicines, Scrap Tires, and more. This page will provide information on those events once they are scheduled for community engagement.  

Community events that benefit Richland County’s Recycling Mission may  also be included in this post.

Hosting an Event? A Graduation? A Wedding? Need a bin? Reserve a Bin!
Richland County Solid Waste offers Recycling Bins for Consumer and Community Events. For more information, call 419-774-5861.

Summer Camp Experiences! Includes RCSW visiting with and providing educational fun to Morrow County’s Green Camp during the week of June 14;  Mansfield’s City Parks Community Nature Day Camp at Johns Park and North Lake Park from June 14 through August 6 (RCSW will be at the Mansfield parks during the month of July); and Gorman Nature Center during the week of July 26.  Summer Camp experiences engage community leaders, educating our youth on best environmental stewardship practices.

Join RCSW at Kingwood on July 13 for Cultivation Education! Kingwood Center Gardens is hosting a free engaging nature-based educational series every Tuesday beginning June 8th and ending July 27th. 11:00 AM is for 5 to 8 year olds and 1 PM is for 9 to 12 year olds. Pre-registration is suggested (spaces limited) and adult attendance is required. For more information, check out www.kingwoodcenter.org

This year’s Earth Stewardship Celebration, hosted by The Earth Stewardship Steering Committee, honors 25 years of Planting Pride. April 1st through August 1st have been declared Earth Stewardship months in Mansfield and Richland County. Learn how to become involved and how to enter the Annual Take Pride Contest by clicking here.

RCSW will be at the Richland County Fair in the Nature Park Building between August 8 – 14. Stop by our booth for information on our school grants, contests, services, and of course, on how to recycle!  We will be ready to answer all of your questions!  

Roadside Litter Cleanup, Earth Stewardship, April, May and Beyond!
The Richland County Solid Waste Authority requests that all Richland County residents help clean up roadside litter during the Earth Stewardship months of April, May and Beyond! Contact Brenda at Richland County Solid Waste about our Earth Stewardship Litter Cleanup Program at 419-774-5861.

2021 Tire Amnesty Event
Richland County Solid Waste received a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to partially fund a local Scrap Tire Event. The Event is  scheduled for Richland County Residents (proof of residency is required) for Oct 2 at 10am at the Richland County Fairgrounds, Lantz Rd entrance.  The event will end when tire collection capacity is met (about 3,000 tires) or at 2pm. Only 10 passenger and light truck tires per vehicle will be accepted for a small fee of $.50 per tire. Tires must be free from water/fluids and off the rim. NO oversized tires and No tractor tires will be accepted at this event.  Click here for an event brochure

Adopt A County Road/Adopt a Drop
The Adopt A County Road Program allows volunteer groups to adopt a two-mile stretch of County Road in Richland County. The program is free and is designed to help keep litter off the roads, providing stewardship to Richland County’s roadways. Groups are asked to adopt a stretch of county road for two years with 4 minimum litter pickups per year. Volunteers are not paid to pick up litter. Richland County Solid Waste will provide safety training, trash bags, disposable safety vests and two personalized signs to be used at the beginning of the two-mile section. Call 419-774-5861 for more information.

Want to help keep your Drop-Off Location litter free? Call 419-774-5861 for information on how adopt a Drop-Off Location.


Drive Through Easter Celebration, March 27, at South Park, 100 Brinkerhoff Ave., Mansfield Ohio, hosted by Mansfield City Parks. Participants stayed in their car and received Easter Fun Day surprises from sponsored Mansfield businesses and organizations! Over 350 children from Richland County participated in this Easter event!  

Celebrate Earth Day during the week of April 19 and “Love Your Drop-Off Location.” Click here.  Thank you Bellville, Lexington, and LUCAS High School for participating in this event! For more community outreach opportunities, contact Kristin at 419-774-5861.

Earth Day Celebration at the Compost Facility with Richland Soil and Water. One free white pine tree seedling was given away to each visiting vehicle (along with instructions) for Earth Day/Arbor Day on April 22.

DEA Prescription Drug Takeback, April 24, 10am and 2pm at RCSW’s Collections/Recycling Facility, 1125 National Parkway. Please put all pills in a Ziploc bag when coming to RCSW’s Medicine Collection Events.  The events are usually held twice a year during the months of April and October (depending on  funding).  Richland County Solid Waste partners with Metrich for this event. No Sharps will be accepted. Remove and destroy all personal information on the medicine’s original container and recycle it. Many pill bottles are mode from a #2 plastic. Click this link for more on the disposal of Medicines and Sharps (especially if you were unable to come to the event). Avita in Ontario accepts medications 24/7.

The Mansfield Richland County Public Library, 43 W 3rd St, Mansfield, hosted the display of RCSW’s 2021/22 Calendar Poster Winners during their Tales and Tails summer program in June. The winning posters will be viewed at the Richland County Fair, Bellville Fair, and at the overall winning schools in the Fall of 2021. 

The Eco-Whippets from Shelby Middle School had a great day recycling electronics on June 25 from 10am to 2pm. Fifteen Eco-Whippets contributed their time and energy to the event and collected material from 96 vehicles. RCSW assisted in the collection.

The 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Event for Richland County Residents occurred on Saturday, June 26 from 10am to 2pm at the Richland County Fairgrounds. 425 vehicles attended the event.