Other Recycling Options

Recycle Truck

Not eligible for residential recycling service? Want to try recycling an item not accepted by traditional recycling programs? No problem! There are many ways to recycle in Columbus.

Drop Box Recycling

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 drop box locations is available online. Some drop boxes may be relocated in coming years to better accommodate residents living in multi-family households not covered by the new city service.

Subscription Recycling

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

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 with recycling collection. Find out more about how to use yard waste collection services on the Yard Waste Collection page.
  2. Additionally, the city's Com-Til Compost Facility will accept yard waste free of charge, year round.

Non-traditional Items

Many items can be donated for reuse with central Ohio organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO), 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.

Business Recycling

Businesses often times have a lot of waste paper and rather than throw it away, consider starting an office recycling program. To do so consider one of the following options:

  • Businesses can get further tips on how to recycle and be green through the City's GreenSpot program.
  • 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.