How to Dispose or Recycle

Recycle Truck

Information about program eligibility and recycling carts.

Getting Started

Determine Eligibility

Those who are eligible for recycling collection service must meet the specifications below:

  • City of Columbus resident.
  • Live in a single family home or building of four attached units or less, OR live in a condominium or apartment complex that currently uses only 90 or 300 gallon trash containers serviced by the City of Columbus

*Note: The properties must have enough room to store the 64-gallon recycling carts between biweekly recycling collections to be eligible.

City representatives are available to help determine eligibility. Call 614-645-3111.

Not eligible for service? No problem! There are many ways to recycle in Columbus. Find out more on our Other Recycling Options page.

Cart Information

The cart holds 64 gallons of recyclables in order to offer enough space for two week's worth of material. Carts have lids to keep out the rain and keep recyclables from becoming litter. The carts also have wheels to make it easy to move to the collection point. The city recommends carts be labeled with an address using a permanent marker in the white space provided on the lid of the cart.

The 64 gallon city issued blue cart will be the container accepted for collection. In order for recycling collection to be handled in an efficient manner, containers must be a uniform size. Residents may purchase an additional cart for $48.38 (this price includes tax, delivery and warranty) by submitting an order form(PDF, 150KB).