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Public Works Solid Waste continuously strives to improve customer service and satisfaction. We are upgrading our processes and software to improve customer access to solid waste services and information. As a result, customers might notice slight differences in how we answer phones and process requests. We appreciate your business and look forward to this opportunity to improve how we serve new and existing customers.
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 in the recycling stream via curbside or drop-off collection.
You can now place plastics labeled 1 through 7 on the container in your blue bag for curbside 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 still not collected include plastic grocery/convenience store bags, plastic straws, plastic drink cup lids and plastic newspaper sleeves.
"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."
2015 Holiday Refuse and Recycling Collection Dates
Trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day following these 2015 holidays with the exception of the observed holiday date for Independence Day, Friday, July 3 -
New Years Day - Thursday, January 1
Martin Luther King Day - Monday, January 19
Memorial Day - Monday, May 24
Independence Day - July 3 - Observed - (Refuse and Recycling will be collected on Friday, July 3)
Labor Day - Monday, September 7
Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 26
Christmas - Friday, December 25
Please do not set trash and recycling materials out on these holidays and please do not set trash and recycling materials out until after 4:00 p.m. the day prior to your collection day. Help us keep Columbia Clean.