The Columbia Public Works Solid Waste Division is excited to announce that you now have more choices when recycling plastics! Beginning immediately, the City of Columbia will accept plastics labeled 1 through 7 (with some exceptions for #6 plastics noted below) in the recycling stream via curb side or drop-off collection.
You can now place plastics labeled 1 through 7 on the container in your blue bag for curb side recycling or place those materials in the drop-off recycling bins located in various locations in Columbia. A few examples of new materials collected include plastic drinking cups, plastic food containers such as yogurt cups, and empty plastic prescription bottles.
Plastics which can not be collected curb side or at drop off locations include plastic grocery/convenience store bags, dry cleaning bags, and plastic newspaper sleeves along with Styrofoam, foam packaging like take-out containers, meat trays, and egg cartons. Most of these are labeled as #6 plastics.
"Columbia's diversion rate, the items recycled and not placed in the landfill, is only 17 percent," said Barbara Buffaloe, Columbia sustainability manager. "Our goal, over the next few years, is to increase the diversion rate to or above the national average of 34 percent. Collecting more items is a great start!"
"We know our customers have been asking us to increase the types of plastics they can place in the recycling stream," said John Glascock, director of Public Works. "We're pleased that we have been able to reconfigure our Material Recovery Facility to accept these additional plastics and that we have been able to find a buyer for the materials."
Many household items are easy to recycle. The City of Columbia Public Works Department provides convenient curb side pickup and drop-off locations for items, including paper, cardboard, aluminum, tin cans, glass, and plastics #1 through #7. (Note: Some #6 plastics such as grocery/convenience store bags and plastic newspaper sleeves along with Styrofoam, foam packaging like take-out containers, meat trays, and egg cartons can not be accepted).
The Public Works Department also offers Household Hazardous Waste collections held on the first and third Saturday of each month, April through November, 8 a.m. to noon, for items such as batteries and paint. Check out the Household Hazardous Waste Program web page for additional information.
Many items cannot be recycled by the city, but should not end up in the landfill. Before you throw something away, consider taking the item to an organization or business that can reuse or recycle it. Click on an item below for locations that will accept items at little or no cost. Please note that inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the City of Columbia. The information is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting. Listings are based upon information provided by businesses and subject to change without notice. Call the business or organization listed for current information.
If you would like to add or update information on this Web site, please call the Public Works Volunteer Program at (573) 874-6271.
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Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the City of Columbia. The information is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting. Listings are based upon information provided by businesses and subject to change without notice. Call the business or organization listed for current information.