Waste Collection

General/Service request, call Citizen Services at 311 or (706) 225-4000
Or submit a Request for Service online
Tree for Fee or reduced garbage rate call (706) 225-4661

Department of Public Works logo

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

Rhonda Rice - Division Manager
James Mang - Assistant Division Manager

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Solid Waste & Recycling Collections

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


Solid Waste Collection Information

Refuse Collection Schedule

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 and Recycling are collected on the same day. Bulk Waste and Yard Waste are collected on the same day. See the map above for your collection day based on your location.

Household Garbage

Garbage containers should be placed at curbside before delivery time on collection day. All garbage should be in a container or tied in bags. If for some reason we miss your can, and it is our fault, please call 311 Citizen Services at 311 or (706) 653-4000.

Recycling

Recycling collections consist of plastic, paper, cardboard, tin, and aluminum cans ONLY! Place your recyclables loose (no bagging required) in your cart. Be sure to place all 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.

Bulk Waste

Bulk items consist of large household appliances 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. No construction waste, toilets, or water heaters will be picked up curbside. These items can be taken to Pine Grove Landfill.

Green Bulk 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 bio-degradable 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. Tree and shrub trimmings from pruning can be placed together on the curb.

Trees Cut on Private Property

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

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

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

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.

Yard Contractors' 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.

Garbage 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.

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)

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.
  • NO HAZARDOUS WASTE IS PICKED UP!

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Household Hazardous Waste Day is held the first Saturday in October for the collection of this material.

Next Collection Day: ,
Location: Recycling and Sustainability Center, 8001 Pine Grove Way

Most hazardous waste is accepted at this event as follows:

  • TVs
  • Anti-freeze
  • Paints
  • Solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Cleaners
  • Acids
  • Mercury
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Fluorescent light bulbs

Recycling Collection Information

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 web page for information on how you can help.

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.

Want to know if 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.


How to Pass a Garbage Truck

Georgia State Law 40-6-16.1

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.

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).

Solid Waste Management Plan (2019 through 2028)