Recycling Truck

Contact Info Department of Public Service
111 N. Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Office :  (614) 645-3111
Fax :  (614) 645-7805
Email : Contact Information

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Information about accepted items, collection schedule, and cart placement.

How To

Accepted items

Here's what goes in the blue cart:

Aluminum and steel cans - and lids.
Flattened cardboard and pizza boxes (free of food and grease).
Plastic bottles/jugs.
Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, computer paper, cereal and other dry food boxes and phone books.
Glass bottles and jars.
Cartons and juice boxes.
Shredded Paper (place in a clear plastic bag before placing in blue cart)

Here's what doesn't:

No trash or yard waste.  The blue cart is for recyclables only.
No plastic bags.
No hazardous materials, such as oil, pesticides, paints, cleaners or batteries.
No syringes/needles.
No Styrofoam.
No electronics or light bulbs.
No window glass, mirrors, dinnerware, ceramics or pots and pans.
No food.
No buckets or butter tubs.
No foil juice pouches.


No sorting required. Put all recyclables in the blue cart.
Lids, caps and labels can be kept on recyclable containers.
Do not place dirty recyclables, like un-rinsed jars, in the cart.

Collection schedule

Recycling is collected every other week along with yard waste.  Yard waste continues to be collected in biodegradable bags or a separate rigid container, not in the blue cart.

To check your collection date, call 614-645-3111, visit the 311   website.

Cart placement

Recycling is collected in the same location your trash is collected.  Containers must be placed within 1 foot of the curb or alley, with the arrow facing outward for collection, and at least 3 feet from trash or recycling carts, or any other obstructions; for alley collection place container at the alley behind your own property; Recycling must be placed out for collection by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.  After collection, containers must be removed and stored within 24 hours.  If your collection is missed or to report a damaged or stolen cart, contact the  311 Service Center