Special Events


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.

Get caught up in Kingwood Center Garden’s web of pumpkins. RCSW will be hosting a howling recycling activity booth for all little ghouls and ghosts at THE Great Pumpkin Glow, Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, from 5-9:00 PM.

The DEA National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 29 from 10am  to 2pm at 1125 National Parkway, Mansfield. For more information, check out DEATakeBack.com. For dropping off unused drugs, stop by Avita Health System in Ontario. Avita accepts old and unused prescription medicines 24 hours a day.

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.

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.


The deadline for the 2022-2023 Recycling Calendar Contest for K-12 was March 1, 2022. The theme for this year’s posters was Bee Connected to Nature: reduce, reuse, recycle. Click here for poster winners.

2022 Recycling Grant Deadline for K-12 local schools in Richland County was Jan 20, 2022. For information on the grant winners, click here.

Drive Through Easter Celebration on April 2, was at South Park, 100 Brinkerhoff Ave., Mansfield Ohio. It was hosted by Mansfield City Parks and had many great organizations and businesses contributing to the event that provided treats and trinkets to over 500 little ones. 

Shelby Middle School’s Eco-Whippets recycled local electronics on April 23 between 9am and 2pm at Central School Gym. RCSW was there to help. We had a lot of fun collecting tons of materials saved from the landfill. Hooray! 

The Drug Take Back Day occurred on April 30 from 10am to 2pm at 1125 National Parkway. Another event is planned for November. Until then, visit Avita healthcare at the Richland County Mall. Medications are collected 24/7. For information on Avita’s program and on how to get rid of your unused or expired medications click here. 

The Mansfield Art Center hosted RCSW’s winning calendar posters for the 2022/2023 SCRAP recycling trailer for the county’s schools throughout the month of June. The Art Center utilized RCSW’s recyclables during their summer art programs. Thank you, Mansfield Art Center for reusing and repurposing plastics and cardboard from June through August!  

Charles Mill Marina recycled 72,000 lbs of shrink wrapped plastic! So RCSW celebrated the good news with the Marina on June 11 from 11am to 1pm via Kid’s Day. It was a great day! 

Family Fun on the Farm Festival was June 25 from 2 to 6pm at Malabar Farm State Park, 4050 Bromfield Rd., Lucas. It was free to the public and fun for the whole family. There were many opportunities for family engagement. RCSW offered sustainability crafts for little ones. (Hosted by Richland Soil and Water, 419-747-8686)

Fun recycling activities occurred at Mansfield’s North lake and Burton Parks on June 13 and July 18. Plan to have your child attend next year’s summer camps hosted by Mansfield’s Parks. Call 419-522-9801 for more information.

Gorman Nature Center’s Critter Camp was the week of July 25. The camp’s theme focused on changes in nature and offered a slew of fun activities for elementary children – some of which involved hiking and interacting with animals! RCSW offered papermaking for the attendees and fun facts about trees. Check with Gorman Nature Center for next year’s events at 419-884-3764.

The 2022 Household Hazardous Waste Event  was held on July 30, 2022. The turnout was record breaking – with 786 cars counted and enough HHW’s collected to sink a sub!  Keep an eye out for the next event in 2023.  THANK YOU for helping Richland County stay clean and safe!

The 2022 Richland County Fair, August 8-12, was a great recycling success!  RCSW was stationed at the Nature Park Building along with several other City and County Departments. The opportunity to learn about recycling, soil and water, litter control, parks and recreations, animals, bees and more was offered to all participants entering the building. We hope to see you next year!

The 2022 Tire Amnesty Event was August 27 from 8am to 12pm at the Richland County Fair Grounds. This event was co-hosted by the Richland Co Farm Bureau. Ten passenger tires off of the rim and free of fluids was accepted as well as a limited amount of tractor tires (up to 6 feet in diameter). 

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