The City of Columbus will expand to weekly residential recycling collection next summer as part of the proposed 2023 city budget. The plan to go from biweekly to weekly recycling coverage is part of Columbus’ Climate Action Plan, which Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced last year. The plan has a goal of diverting 95% of recyclable materials from the landfill by 2050.

Weekly recycling will become available to all eligible Columbus households when the program starts in the summer of 2023, pending budget approval. Eligible residents include those who live in a single-family home, multifamily building with four or fewer attached units, or a condominium or apartment that uses 90- or 300-gallon trash containers serviced by the city, according to a fact sheet on the city’s website.

Like the city’s current biweekly recycling collection, there will be no fee for weekly recycling. Columbus officials expect the weekly recycling service to increase the amount of residential recyclable material the city collects by 25 to 40%, according to the fact sheet. Ginther’s $1.14 billion 2023 budget is currently receiving public hearings ahead of City Council deliberation.

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Author: Cole Behrens, The Columbus Dispatch
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