19,870 Members


You're taking the first step to making your home, business, or community group part of a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable Columbus. We're glad you're here.

How to Fit Recyclables into the Recycling Container

Full Recycle Container Ever wondered how to fit all the recycling into the recycle container? In this humorous video we share a few tips as well as a few laughs. In collaboration with the GreenSpot program and Columbus Refuse Collection. You can also purchase an additional cart by calling 614-645-3111. An OBLSK Production.

Hey Columbus...Join the movement today!


Why join GreenSpot? For a couple of really good reasons, actually. One, it's a small thing you can do to make a big impact on the health and future of Columbus. Two, it couldn't be easier.

Our green community is growing daily and currently has more than 19,000 current members consisting of households, businesses, organizations, and community groups. Collectively they have saved more than $13 million, reduced CO2 emissions by 40 million pounds, reduced water consumption by 133+ million gallons, and recycled 31 million pounds. 

GreenSpot inspires, educates, and recognizes households, businesses, and community groups that adopt green practices. GreenSpot is a membership-based program that provides a framework to think about sustainability and a way to log your successes. It is free to join and there is no fee or cost. If you live in Franklin County or surrounding counties you are eligible! 

2019 GreenSpotLight Awards

2019 GSL winners

On April 20th Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the City of Columbus recognized the GreenSpotLight Award winners for their achievements over the past year to help make our community beautiful, healthy, and prosperous. The winners:

  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
  • Corporate Cleaning, Inc.
  • Sunny Glen Wellness/Sunny Glen Garden

    Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy the recent graduates of the GreenSpot Sustainability Initiative class:
  • Corporate Cleaning, Inc.
  • DHL Supply Chain
  • Experience Columbus
  • Huntington Bank
  • OhioHealth
  • Scotts Miracle-Gro

    Sponsors for the GreenSpotLight were Green Columbus and AEP Ohio. Read more about the event here.

GreenSpot Advisory Board

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The GreenSpot Advisory Board had their last meeting of the year the other day. In 2019 they worked on increasing GreenSpot membership, helped organize the GreenSpotLight Awards, creating a "Guide to Stormwater run off”, reached out to schools, new home owner green guide, recycling video, GreenSpot hotcard to leave behind at restaurants, and updated the household commitments. We are proud of our board members! There are citizens as well as several organizations such as Cardinal Health (co-chair), Grange Insurance Audubon Center, EarthShare Ohio, The Ohio Nature Conservancy, Smart Columbus, OBLSK, MORPC, Green Columbus, Franklin County Public Health,  Franklin Park Conservatory, COSI, Councilmember Remy's office, CLEAResult, Columbia Gas, Sierra Club Ohio Chapter, IGS EnergyThe Ohio State University, Huntington Bank, Ohio EPA, and several city departments.

How to Start a Green Team at Work

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Starting a green team at work can be a daunting task. Where do you start? Who do you include? What type of structure is right for you? With the help of the GreenSpot Advisory Board we have come up with a how-to guide to start your own green team at work. This guide covers how to tailor your message to each department, tips on forming a green team, areas to focus on, implementing ideas, tracking success, and more! The 14-page guide is easy to follow and can set up for launching your own green team. Check it out!

Plastic-free in the bathroom?

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Reducing the amount of plastic in your life is good for the planet and our community. Below are some items which you can switch to plastic free!

  • Soap. Is that bar of soap wrapped in plastic? If so, consider purchasing soap that is sold in a paper wrapper or cardboard. Additionally, ditch the plastic soap dispenser and put out a bar of hand soap. 
  • Shampoo. There are shampoo bars you can use that will displace that plastic shampoo bottle. 
  • Mouthwash. Check with your dentist, but a simple solution of xylitol, water, and a couple drops of essential oil can do that trick. No more plastic mouthwash bottles to deal with!
  • Dental floss. Skip the plastic and go for the compostable silk floss.  
  • Toothbrush. You can purchase a toothbrush with a bamboo handle or one that has replaceable heads. 
  • Shaving. Try a shaving bar instead of shaving cream that comes in a plastic tube or bottle and skip the plastic razors and try a safety razor instead. 
  • Toilet paper. Some toilet paper comes wrapped in plastic. Ditch it and go with TP that is wrapped in paper. 
  • Deodorant. This is probably the most difficult. There are alternatives that come in tins or you can make your own (search the internet). 

Water, Energy, Recycling = Going Green

Water, Energy, Recycle

Installing a WaterSense labeled showerhead can save the individual 912 gallons of water a year.

Columbus residents love recycling, that is why the RecyColumbus program has more than 75% participation rate.  To learn more about the program visit RecyColumbus.

Changing out your light bulbs to LEDs can save money.  An LED bulb can have a useful life of 25,000 hours (25 times longer than traditional bulbs). Annual operating cost for an LED is 90% less than that of a traditional bulb and more than 50% less than a CFL.