Multi-family Home Recycling and Trash

Apartment Recycling Program

Recycling Container

Program provides a recycling container within walking distance of each unit for no additional cost!

Here’s how it works:

  • Apartment complexes currently participating in this program are listed on this page.
  • Each apartment complex will have one recycling location on the property. The exact location can be found by clicking on each property.
  • Residents should separate their material into three categories: mixed fiber recycling, mixed container recycling, and trash. Keep in mind that the trash dumpster might be located somewhere else on the property. Please make sure that everything is sorted properly and placed in the correct dumpster!
  • Trash material must be stored in a plastic bag and then placed in the trash dumpster. Recyclables do not need to be stored in a plastic bag. You can have a reusable plastic tub and empty the material into a recycling dumpster.

Participating Apartment Complexes

Solid waste should be separated into 3 categories:

Recycling – Containers Recycling – Fiber Trash

Rigid plastics #1-7 – cups, bottles, rigid packagingPlastic containersGlass jars or bottlesglass bottles and jarsAluminum and tin cans
aluminum canstin cans

Cardboard – flattenedflattened cardboardOffice or Notebook Paper 

Newspaper – remove from sleevestack of newspapersChipboard – cereal boxcereal, pasta and toothpaste boxes




Non-electronicchip bags and wrappersstyrofoam packagingplastic bag

NO Styrofoam, plastic bags, plastic film, or aluminum foil NO tissue paper or food-covered plates and bowls NO hazardous waste, electronics, appliances or recyclables

Do you live in downtown Columbia?

As residents of the Downtown Community Improvement District (The District), you are responsible for placing your household waste in designated recycle and trash dumpsters.  Newer complexes may have these available in the basement of the building, others may be located in an alley or parking lot near by.  

Your apartment complex not on the list?

Please contact your landlord to ask why they do not have recycling. It does not cost have this recycling container, but the landlord must be willing to dedicate one parking space (preferably near a trash dumpster). If you are a property manager and are interested in joining the program at NO CHARGE, please call the Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489).

You can also recycle anytime at a Recycling Drop-off Center!

Apartment Trash Services

Multi-family homes do not receive curbside trash collection. Instead, trash dumpsters are permanently placed throughout the property. This means that trash can be disposed any time of day, 7 days/week and you do not need to store the material in your apartment unit. Also, you do not need to place the trash in bags when using a dumpster. Residents may choose to purchase bags, roll carts, or storage bins to help transport trash to the dumpster. The City of Columbia does not sell these items.

Please consider alternative options before disposing material in a trash dumpster:

  • Recycling
  • Donations (Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.)
  • Thrift Stores
  • Online marketplace (Facebook, Craigslist, eBay, etc)
  • Garage Sales


“One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”