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Over 200 public recycling drop boxes are available through a partnership between the city and the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO). Drop box sites are commonly located at fire stations, recreation centers, commercial locations and at most schools. Drop boxes will remain available even after the new RecyColumbus program begins. A listing of these locations is available online. Some drop boxes may be relocated in coming years to better accomodate residents living in multi-family households not covered by the new city service.
Rumpke will continue offering subscription recycling service to residents living in the City of Columbus. To receive this service, please complete and submit a request for new service form online.
Yard waste disposal options are offered to residents in order to compost the discarded material into a rich soil for reuse. There are two main ways to dispose of yard waste material with the city:
1. Collection service for eligible households: Yard waste is collected every other week alternating with recycling collection. Find out more about how to use yard waste collection services online.
2. Additionally, the city's Com-Til Compost Facility will accept yard waste free of charge, year round.
Many items can be donated for reuse with central Ohio organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Waste Not Center, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio and more. Additionally, the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) maintains an online listing of trusted resources to recycle many items including CD's, cellphones, styrofoam and more.
Some items such as chemicals, batteries and more are considered hazardous and should not be recycled at home or at public drop boxes. Instead, please discard these items at the permanent Household Hazardous Waste collection facility located at 1249 Essex Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201. Many of these items are recycled and the service is provided free to all Franklin County residents by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.
Businesses often times have a lot of waste paper and rather then throw it away, consider starting an office recycling program. To do so consider one of the following options:
• With support of the Mayor's Get Green Columbus program, the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District has developed a tool kit of resources to help downtown businesses implement office recycling.
• Contract with a private hauler to collect recyclables as is done with trash services. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio is available to assist and advise businesses.