Additional Collection Info

Where to Find Us:

Solid Waste Administration Bldg

5700 Peabody Rd

Columbia, MO 65202

Fax: 573.449.9641

Contact Center: 573.874.CITY (2489)

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Damon Crum, Collection Superintendent

Nicholas Paul, Recovery Superintendent

The Solid Waste Utility offers residents weekly curbside collection of trash, yard waste (which is landfilled) and recycling. Please secure all material in disposable bags or bundles weighing less than 50 pounds. Please do not place trash in garbage cans; they will not be emptied.

Curbside collection begins at 7:30 a.m. 

Customers who are physically challenged may arrange for special pickup at no additional cost. Please see below for details.

Items such as demolition debris, automotive parts, hazardous materials, whole tires and felled trees cannot be collected with regular garbage.  

For disposal options, call 573.874.CITY (2489) .

Special Trash Pickup (Over-sized Items)

To arrange a free pickup of over-sized items, call the Solid Waste Utility or complete the online request form at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled refuse day. This includes bulky items such as furniture and carpet (cut in lengths of 4 feet and in rolls not to exceed 24 inches in diameter).  For more information, call 573-874-CITY(2489).

Curbside Appliance Pickup 

NEED AN APPLIANCE HAULED AWAY? Major appliances – washer, range, dryer, freezer, dehumidifier, stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, water heater, air conditioner, trash compactor, conventional oven – will be picked up on your regular trash day.  Call 573-874-CITY at least 24 hours before trash day OR submit your request online at least 48 hours before. The appliance will need to be curbside by 7:30 a.m. and fee will be added to your monthly utility bill. If the appliance is not curbside and/or someone takes the appliance from the curb, please call to cancel the pickup to avoid the fee.

  • $22.75 per appliance which has refrigerant (refrigerators, window air conditioners, etc)
  • $15.19 per appliance with does not have refrigerant (stove, dishwasher, etc)

Holiday Recycling and Trash Collection

Recycling and trash collection will be delayed one day during the week of a City-observed holiday.  Please download our smartphone app, COMO Recycle and Trash, to get reminders for your collection day. The calendar on this app is adjusted for the holidays.

The City of Columbia observes:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day 
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving (Even though City office are closed the Friday after Thanksgiving, curbside collection will resume. Thursday customers will be collected on Friday and Friday customers collected on Saturday.)
  • Christmas Day — see additional information regarding holiday recycling and Christmas tree disposal 

Special Assistance for Customers with Physical Limitations

Customers with physical limitations who cannot set trash and recycling curbside are eligible for assistance. Simply have your physician send a note, on the physicians letterhead, which states the residents name and address. Send the note to:

Solid Waste Administration Bldg.
5700 Peabody Rd
Columbia, MO 65202

The note should indicate that the resident has a physical limitation and can not place their trash or recycling curbside.  Once documentation is received, the collection crews will then collect the bags from the residence (e.g. just outside of the garage door, carport, etc.). Our crews can not enter a garage or residence to collect materials.  If you have additional questions about the program, please call the Contact Center at 573-874-CITY(2489).

Safety For Trash and Recycling Collectors

For your safety and the safety of the collection crew, please wrap broken glass, hypodermic needles, sharp metal, etc., and place them in a disposable container which will resist punctures.  This container may then be placed in your trash bag. Thank you for helping prevent injury to refuse collectors! The Health Department, (573)-874-7356, also offers a Red Box Program for the disposal of needles.

Improperly Placed Materials

The City Ordinance states an additional collection fee for trash, recyclables and yard waste improperly placed curbside prior to 4 p.m. on the day preceding normal collection will be billed to the account holder or property holder.  For residents who are unable to place trash out for collection on the normal day, please make alternate arrangements with a friend or neighbor. This policy does not affect individuals with certified medical problems who have prior arrangements for trash collected at the house. Yard waste not properly packaged that remains curbside 48 hours after the normal day of collection may be collected and additional fee charged to the account.  

If you have questions, please call the Contact Center at 573.874.CITY(2489).  To report improperly placed materials electronically, submit report form. Please help us keep Columbia clean.

Map of Public Locations at the Landfill 

Looking for a specific area within the landfill? See map of the landfill which details areas where the general public may need to conduct business. Please use caution and watch for heavy truck traffic when at the landfill.