About Refuse Collection
Trash collection for the City of Columbus is managed by the Department of Public Service, Division of Refuse Collection. The City collects trash from more than 335,000 households using trucks with mechanical arms to pickup and empty collection containers. This makes trash collection safer for collectors, faster for residents and more cost effective for the City.
The mission of the Division of Refuse Collection is to deliver in a timely manner a comprehensive, cost-effective, environmentally sound, and technically reliable residential solid-waste collection, disposal and reduction system for residents of the City of Columbus.
Refuse Collection Vision:
- To become a leader in municipal solid-waste management by exploring and utilizing new collection methods and technologies for greater cost effectiveness and operating efficiencies without sacrificing service to the public.
- To accomplish our mission statement through commitment and teamwork.
- To appreciate, understand and respect the needs of our customers.
- To foster and respect individual differences as to one's opinions, beliefs, values, and life goals.
- To advocate open, honest and productive communications throughout the Division and community.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Division of Refuse Collection has served Columbus for more than 100 years. Visit the Refuse Collection History Page to learn more about our Division's interesting past.
The city of Columbus Division of Refuse Collection picks up trash from 335,623 households (as of December 31, 2014) every week
- 96 gallon households: 182,107
- 300 gallon households: 45,145
- Multi-family households: 108,371 (Multi-family households include 94,362 dumpsters and 14,009 compactors)
City of Columbus Refuse Collection Exemption Service
- The Exemption Program: For residents who are handicapped or physically unable to put their Refuse out at the point of collection on their collection day
- Residents who qualify for the exemption service can apply by contacting the City's 311 Customer Service Center at 311 or 614-645-3111 or online at www.311.columbus.gov
- Residents who apply for the Exemption Program will be sent a questionnaire and a doctor's statement to fill out and return to the Division of Refuse Collection
Public Litter Receptacles
- There are approximately 645 wrought iron litter receptacles placed in the downtown business district and along neighborhood commercial revitalization (NCR) strips throughout the city that are serviced on a regular basis
may have seen a person in your neighborhood or someone in a truck dumping
tires, furniture, or construction material in an alley or on a vacant
lot. It is called illegal dumping and it is a crime.
dumping has a significant impact on our neighborhoods, quality of life,
safety, public health, roads, waterways, wild life and the environment, economy
The Division of Refuse
Collection has three Solid Waste Inspectors who investigate illegal dumping in
the City of Columbus.
Residents can assist our Solid Waste
Inspectors by helping to identify and prosecute illegal dumpers by:
- Providing a license number
and description of the vehicle
- Providing a description of the dumper, including gender, race, age and
approximate height and weight
- Providing a description of what type of material has been dumped
- Providing the address of where the dumping took place
- If possible take photos
or a video of the dumping while it is occurring.
- Reporting illegal
dumping activity to the 311 Service Center at 614-645-3111.
Clean Neighborhoods Initiative
Learn about the progress of our Clean Neighborhoods Initiative