Residential Recycling Starts in North-Central Columbus
Next collection is Thursday, December 20th
Residential recycling collection began in north-central Columbus on Thursday, December 6, for approximately 27,000 additional households. This marks Phase 4 of the City's five-phase rollout. When fully implemented in February 2013, the program is expected to serve 215,000 households.
Keep reusable materials out of the landfill
Columbus' neighborhoods in the first three phases have shown strong support for the program, recycling 7,546 tons of materials from June through November and saving the City almost $419,000 in tipping fees it would have had to pay to put those recyclables into the landfill.
"Columbus residents have enthusiastically embraced recycling in every neighborhood where it has been implemented," said Mayor Coleman. "I have no doubt that Phase 4 neighborhoods will also do their part in making Columbus a greener city."
Phase 4 neighborhoods that are now eligible for this new city service include:
Milo-Grogan west of I-71 (Milo-Grogan east of I-71 will be included in Phase 5)
Northwest side south of Bethel Road and north of Columbus-Grandview Heights boundary
Old North Columbus
There is no additional charge for the service. Upon receiving a recycling cart, residents should write their address on the lid and move it to a convenient location for use. The cart's lid keeps out water and wheels make it easy to transport.
The next recycling collection in North-Central Columbus is set for Thursday, December 20 and will alternate with yard waste every other week. On the Thursday pickup, residents should roll the cart to the same location as their trash for pickup, and roll it back to their storage point within 24 hours of collection. Residents who live in a single-family home or a building of four attached units or less that is not part of a complex are eligible for this new city service. If you do not qualify, but would like to be considered in the future to receive this service, please let us know.
Linden Resident Wins Fifth and Final First Cart Contest
Columbus City Councilmember Eileen Y. Paley recently delivered a blue recycling cart filled with prizes to Linden resident Tammy Echols.
Echols, a mother of four teenage boys, won the First Cart Contest for Phase 5 neighborhoods.
Columbus residents who live in Phase 5 neighborhoods will receive the blue recycling carts at their homes between December 10 and January 19, 2013, with recycling collection service beginning Friday, February 1, at no additional cost.
Phase 5 Neighborhoods
Far Northeast side east of I-270
Krumm Park (East Columbus Gateway)
Milo-Grogan neighborhood east of I-71
Near East side north of East Broad Street between I-71 and Columbus-Bexley border
North Linden and South Linden
Northland area south of S.R. 161 and east of I-71
Approximately 50,000 Phase 5 residents will be eligible for the new service.
"For years, residents had voiced strong support for a City sponsored residential recycling program," said Councilmember Paley, chair of the Public Service and Transportation Committee. "The participation in Columbus neighborhoods proves families understand the need to protect the environment and lower waste disposal costs for the City."
The Phase 5 First Cart Contest gave more than $500 worth of prizes to the Echols family. Prizes were donated from area businesses and included: Betty's; Brio; Cameron Mitchell Restaurants; Columbus Zoo & Aquarium; COSI; Donatos; Dsolv; Dane's Dessert Café; Hubbard Bar and Grille; Indus Hotels; Jury Room; Kroger; La Fogata Grill; Lemongrass Fusion Bistro; Level Dining Lounge; Northstar Café; Piece of Cake; Phia Salon; Sushi Rock; Tip Top; Tropical Trends; Weisenbach Recycled Products; and Wurst and Bier.
Set up recycling bins next to trash cans at holiday parties.
Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, 25% more trash is generated. This time of year isn't just about giving but also about recycling and reducing waste. Prevent unnecessary waste from ending up in the trash by making recycling part of your holiday tradition.
Recycle Christmas cards you receive by making them into gift tags for presents.
This is an easy, creative way to dress up your presents without purchasing more materials. Use old Christmas cards you've received to make decorative gift tags for your presents. And don't forget, recycle any scraps left over!
You can recycle cardboard boxes, paper board packaging, wrapping paper, cards, wrapping paper rolls, tissue paper, paper gift tags and bags. Make sure and remove ribbons, bows and bag handles before you put into the blue recycling cart.
Have a wonderful and safe holiday season! Happy Recycling!