Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman will proceed with his pledge to offer citywide curbside recycling.

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman will proceed with his pledge to offer citywide curbside recycling.

Recently, the mayor announced that the city will implement the first of five separate routes in late spring, with the entire program taking about a year to put into place. It will affect 227,000 households, not including apartments.

Recyclables will be collected every other week in 64-gallon blue carts. Yard waste will be collected on alternate weeks.

Costs for the recycling program for 2012 are estimated at $700,000 to $2.9 million, while yard-waste collection will cost in the area of $1.9 million. Those figures reflect savings in tipping fees, which are charged when waste is dumped at the landfill.

The more that is diverted from the landfill, the more potential savings there are, Coleman said.

Rumpke will provide hauling service and carts will be manufactured and deployed by Toter.

The city will launch an intensive education campaign to ensure residents are fully aware of program details, including container delivery, acceptable materials and collection dates.

The mayor’s office said it has the community on its side. Recycling was identified as a city need during the bicentennial survey, a 2010 petition signed by 600 residents and recycling-program research that included focus groups and surveys coordinated with the help of Ohio State University.

Bob Leighty, president of the Merion Village Association, agrees curbside recycling is a much-needed service.

“We would love to see curbside recycling in Merion Village and throughout Columbus,” he said. “It will save money and energy and our planet. I very much appreciate the mayor’s leadership on this important issue.”

Columbus is one of the few remaining central Ohio communities without curbside recycling.

John Remy, director of communications for SWACO, said not only will the initiative make it convenient for people to recycle, it also will provide a physical reminder in the form of a large blue container.

“Residential curbside recycling in Columbus aligns with SWACO’s mission to reduce reliance on landfills and increase recycling,” Remy said. “And we’re always working with the 41 district communities to increase recycling.”

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