Curbside Recycling & Trash Collection

Starting Wednesday, July 8, the City of Columbia will suspend the collection of all residential curbside recycling due to severe staffing shortages. View the press release for more information


Residential customers receive vouchers in January and June for 25 black trash bags and 36 blue recycling bags. New residents should receive vouchers within 3 weeks from starting utility services with the City of Columbia. If more blue recycling bags are needed, Columbia residents may request additional vouchers at no cost. 

Here is how it works… (Download the opens in a new windowResidential Recycling Brochureopens PDF file )

  • Materials must be at the curb by 7 a.m., except during the summer (Memorial Day – Labor Day) which will begin at 6:30 a.m. Residents may put out as early as 4:00 p.m. on the day before your scheduled collection. 
  • Only set out bags that are completely full
  • Make sure that the bag weighs less than 50 pounds

In a BLUE Recycling Bag:

In a Paper Bag or Cardboard Box:

In a Trash Bag:

Yard Waste Collection:

You can place yard waste on the street curb during your regular collection day. Yard waste can be used in the City’s Bioreactor Landfill to accelerate the decomposition and stabilization of waste. Methane gas (among others) are collected from the landfill to generate electricity at the City’s Bioenergy Plant.


Place leaves, grass, twigs and branches too small to bundle in any bag (except blue recycling bags), box or disposal container- not to exceed 50 pounds. Limbs must be bundled and should not exceed 4 feet in length, 2 feet in diameter, and 50 pounds per bundle.

Backyard Composting (not collected):

compostYard Waste
– composting involves mixing yard and household organic waste in a pile or bin and providing conditions that encourage decomposition. The decomposition process is fueled by millions of microscopic organisms (bacteria, fungi) that take up residence inside your compost pile, continuously devouring and recycling it to produce a rich organic fertilizer and valuable soil amendment.

Vermicomposting – is the practice of using worms to break down food scraps. The resulting material is a mix of worm castings and decomposed food scraps.The word “vermi” is Latin for worm. Worms like to feed on slowly decomposing organic materials like fruit and vegetable scraps. The worms produce castings that are full of beneficial microbes and nutrients, which makes a great plant fertilizer. Worms are very efficient at breaking down food scraps and can eat over half their body weight in organic matter every day.

For more information, check out our FREE Composting Workshops!

Columbia’s Own Compost is also available for purchase 

Recycle any day of the week at a Recycling Drop-off Center!

Recycle yard waste any day of the week at a Yard Waste Drop-Off Center!

Additional curbside: over-sized items, appliances, special assistance, etc.

Note: Only EMPTY motor oil and antifreeze containers may be place in blue recycling bags.  Containers with product remaining can be recycled as Household Hazardous Waste at 1313 Lakeview Avenue. The hazardous waste can be dropped-off for free on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays (8:00am-noon), April through November.