Solid Waste and Recycling Collections
         General/Service request, please contact 311 Citizen Services, 311 or (706) 225-4000
         Or submit a request online, Call 311 - Request for Service
         Tree for Fee/reduced garbage rate (706) 225-4661

602 11th Ave. Bldg.E
Columbus, GA 31901            Googlemaps »»

Rhonda Rice - Division Manager
James Mang - Assistant Division Manager
Automated Recycling Collections - Coming May 2021

The New Automated Curbside Recycling Collection Service is Coming May 10, 2021! Eight new hydraulic side-arm trucks will make recycling collections more efficient, cleaner, safer, and cost effective. Call 311 now to replace your 18-gallon tote with a 65-gallon cart. Be sure to place all of your recyclables inside your 65-gallon cart with no plastic bags, keeping 3 feet between your cart and other objects, with wheels on the curb and handles to the house. For an example of the proper way to place your cart for collection, play the video below.

We provide to our customers, the highest quality and most efficient collection service possible. This service consists of once a week household garbage collection, once a week recycling, yard waste, and bulky item collection. We are responsive to your needs and intend to go the extra step for satisfactory service.

Be sure to recycle right! Recycling helps reduce the size of our landfills. Be good stewards of your city! Did you know you can recycle plastic, paper, cardboard, tin and aluminum cans? Check out our Recycling & Sustainability Center webpage for information on how you can help.

One Day A Week Garbage pickup map   »» Garbage Pickup map

Columbus GA Recycles App

Download the Columbus GA Recycles app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Entering your address in the app will display the upcoming collection dates for recycling, garbage, yard waste, and bulk waste.

Have a question concerning whether or not an item is recyclable? This app can assist! Simply type the name of the item and the app will tell you in which waste category the item belongs.

Collection Facts

Vehicle Tires five per household at a time. Tires that are on rims must be removed from the rim. NO TIRES will be collected from any commercial establishment. NO TIRES will be collected that have rims. The only tires acceptable are passenger car or light truck tires. These tires are recycled.
Paints these items must be solidified before collection. Paint cans must be empty or solidified with sand, dirt, or cat litter.
Construction Material construction and demolition material is not picked up curbside and should be taken to Pine Grove Landfill. This includes carpet, lumber, wood, toilets, sinks, shingles, car parts, trees, concrete, dirt, etc
Lancers, needles, and syringes should be containerized in a hard plastic or metal container with a secure lid. You must call 311 for Waste Collection.
Electronics We do recycle electronics. You may put electronics out with your regular garbage or recycle at the Recycling Center located at 8001 Pine Grove Way.
Grease Columbus Water Works has 8 locations to recycle grease.

What we cannot pickup

  • Any construction or demolition materials resulting from construction, remodeling or razing of buildings, structures or pavement. This includes bricks, stone, cement chunks, cement blocks, sand or gravel.
  • Any type of cylinders, such as propane, oxygen, chlorine, etc.
  • Any vehicle, marine, motorcycle, or lawn tractor batteries.
  • Any drum that contained fuel, oil, solvent, automotive fluids or pool chemicals.

    HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY is held each October for the collection of this material. The Collection day this year is October 3rd. Location: To be determined
    Most hazardous waste is accepted as follows:
  • Anti-Freeze
  • Paints
  • Solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Cleaners
  • Acids
  • Mercury
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • and most other household hazardous waste not listed..

Georgia State Law 40-6-16.1 - How to pass a garbage truck

grabage truck photo The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a vehicle with active sanitation workers that is displaying flashing yellow, amber, white, or red lights shall approach the vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a peace officer, proceed as follows:

  1. Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
  2. If a lane change under paragraph (1) of this subsection would be impossible, prohibited by law, or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be at least ten miles per hour less than the posted speed limit or 25 miles per hour, whichever is more, and be prepared to stop.

Violation of subsection (2) of this Code section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $250.00."

Collection Fees

  • Residential Fee - $18 per month.
    An offset of 25% per month, rounded to the nearest dime is available for low-income household collection service at the curb or on the city right-of-way. The guidelines for this adjustment will be changed annually according to the Federal Register.
  • Commercial Fees
    • Two 32-gallon container at curbside is $240 annually ($120 per additional container) .
    • Two 32-gallon container Off the Right-of-Way is $320 annually ($180 per additional container).

Refuse Collection

We constantly strive to improve our service, and as a result, our normal pick up time may change. We may come by your home earlier than you expect us. If we miss your waste collection because it has not been put out when we come through your area, please note the new time and place your waste at the curb earlier. In an effort to improve efficiency, we will not be able to return to collect waste that was placed on the street after we passed through the area. Your help in getting all waste collected in an efficient manner is greatly appreciated.

  • Household Garbage -
       Household garbage is collected once a week. Garbage containers should be placed at curbside before delivery time on collection day. If for some reason we miss your can, and it is our fault, please call the Citizens Service Center at 706.653.4000.
  • Yard Waste -
    Leaves, grass clippings, pine needles and similar yard waste items are collected once a week. Yard waste must be containerized in a container or bags and should be placed at curbside on or before the collection day. All yard waste must be free of any type of household garbage.
  • Bulk Waste -
    Bulk Items consist of large household appliances, water heaters and bulk furniture that cannot be collected by the regular garbage truck. Bulk items are collected once per week on the same day as yard waste.
  • Pruning -
    Tree and shrub trimmings from pruning will be collected once a week, the same day as yard waste.

Notice - Trees Cut on Private Property

Special instructions for the collection and disposal of trees cut on private property.

Tree Collection is NOT a part of our normal Solid Waste Collection Services!

If you would like for the City to collect and dispose of the Tree(s) set out, please call (706) 225-4661 and request a "Tree For Fee" Pick Up. The tree(s) and associated debris will be picked up for a $50 collection fee per load, plus a current tipping fee per ton. You will be billed separately for this service, and please allow one week for services, from the time the request is made.

If you elect NOT to have the City collect the tree and associated debris, please have the trees removed within ten days of receipt of notice.

Please Note: If you now pay a reduced garbage fee, this charge will be reduced by the same percentage.

Yard Contractors' and Others' Waste

There has been quite a bit of confusion over the years about whether landscaping firms and other contractors must remove their waste from the residential customer's premises or whether the waste can be placed at the curb on the regular trash pickup day. City Ordinance 13-167.2(8) states "All nurseries, landscape gardening firms, clearing, grading and building contractors, and logging and pulpwood related operations shall remove all solid waste which they accumulate through their work." If you have a contract firm working on your yard, please make sure that they remove their waste in accordance with the law. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in this matter.

Solid Waste Management Plan

The Solid Waste Management Plan for the Columbus Consolidated Government covers the years 2019 through 2028. This plan has been developed to establish a roadmap map to achieve the goals of reducing and managing solid waste within Muscogee County (except within the Fort Benning Military Reservation).

Read the Solid Waste Management Plan (2019 through 2028)

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