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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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Program Results and History

February 2013 Report
February 2014 Report
February 2015 Report
February 2016 Report

Summary and Results
Recycling is collected every other week for 200,766 households. The average participation rate for 2015 was 77%. 

In 2015, the program diverted 42,380 tons of recyclable material from the landfill.  Tipping fees saved through curbside and drop off recycling programs in 2015 equal $2.34 million.  

Public Education, Outreach and Engagement
In 2013, the City won local, regional and national awards for its work.  Using a multi-pronged outreach strategy, RecyColumbus combined intensive neighborhood level grassroots activities with smart media outreach to improve recycling rates.  The program won a prestigious award-Green City of the Year 2013 by Waste & Recycling News.

Program History

The RecyColumbus program began in the summer of 2012, but the City of Columbus spans beyond the bounds of the I-270 outerbelt.  

Anyone who is serviced by city trash with a 90 or 300 gallon container also receives free recycling collection.  That leaves anyone who is serviced by a dumpster or anyone who is part of a complex that has specifically opted not to receive city trash services. These people are encouraged to use SWACO recycling drop boxes that can be relocated upon request per the discretion of SWACO. 

Click here  for the presentation made to City Council about the program.