City of Columbus to Begin Weekly Residential Recycling Collection on June 12
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~ The City of Columbus is taking steps to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill and meet its Climate Action Plan goals by expanding curbside collection of residential recycling containers to weekly service. Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced this change today, which is expected to increase the amount of recyclables collected by 25 to 40%.

"Recycling supports jobs and a circular economy to help our community and neighborhoods thrive," said Mayor Ginther. "It is an important tool to reduce carbon emissions, extend the life of the landfill, and meet critical Columbus Climate Action Plan goals for a healthier, more equitable and sustainable community."

The Department of Public Service's Refuse Collection Division, with recycling collection partner Rumpke Waste & Recycling, have been working on an implementation plan since Mayor Ginther identified this enhancement as a priority in his proposed 2023 operating budget. Jennifer L. Gallagher, Public Service Director said "We continuously strive to provide exceptional core service delivery to residents and neighborhoods every day, and intend to meet that high bar with weekly recycling. Refuse Collection is a leader in the city's efforts to reduce and divert recyclables and waste going to the landfill."

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Approximately 22,000 city households will be notified via a letter mailed before June 12 that their recycling pickup day is changing. The city and Rumpke have worked together to minimize collection day schedule changes while ensuring timely service will be provided. All Columbus households will also receive a mailer prior to the start of weekly collection with information about the expanded service and how to Recycle Right by placing acceptable recyclables in their blue container.

Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy, Chair of the Environment Committee said "Increasing the frequency of recycling to a weekly pickup is important because it will reduce the amount of waste sent to our SWACO landfill and help families reduce the amount of waste going in their waste receptacle...Columbus residents and businesses continue to improve and increase their recycling habits, and this monumental change will benefit the next generation and beyond."

Yard waste collection will remain on its current biweekly schedule but residents are encouraged to reduce what they set out for collection by composting, mulching or leaving grass clippings on lawns for healthy fertilization. Residents may sign up at for reminders about their scheduled collection days for recycling, yard waste or trash pickup days.

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