Changes are coming to the city's recycling program beginning March 3 -- including an expansion to some apartments, condominiums and townhouses, as well as combining yard waste and regular collection on the same day.
Mayo Makinde, an "ambassador" for RecyColumbus, provided an update on the program for Northland Community Council members at the Feb. 4 meeting.
"It's something we're very proud of," he noted, adding that the program has won several municipal awards.
According to a handout Makinde provided, the recycling effort currently is confined to single-family residences and apartment buildings with fewer than four units. So far, he said, it has diverted more than 36 million tons of material from the landfill, saving city taxpayers $2 million in fees in the process.
The program will be expanded only to multifamily buildings where the entire complex uses 90- or 300-gallon trash containers that are serviced by the city's Refuse Collection personnel. These complexes also must have sufficient room for storing the same blue carts that were delivered to single-family residences.
The carts, according to the handout Makinde provided NCC representatives, will be delivered starting Monday, Feb. 17, and continuing through Friday, March 28, with the first biweekly collection set for Monday, March 3.
Combining the collection of recycling and yard waste won't change the day of collection, but it might change the week, he said.
That's because the sections of the city that are designated for collection on specific days will be split into zones to accommodate the change.
One zone will have grass clippings and regular recycling collected one week on the regular day, and the other zone will have its recycling picked up the following week on the regular day.
"Residents will be notified well in advance of the new collection schedule," the Department of Public Service website states.
A map for determining which zone a home is located in is available at publicservice.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Public_Service/Refuse_Collection/RecyColumbus/RC-MapSchedule-2013-Reroute.pdf.
Makinde said residents may sign up online at 311.columbus.gov/colorday/ to receive email reminders of the day their recycling and yard waste is to be put out.
The change for the residential program will help eliminate confusion regarding which week is regular recycling collection and which is for yard waste pickup, Makinde said.
The shift also helps Rumpke, the contractor that does the collections, to more easily process both kinds of materials, he added.
In addition to "ambassadors" like Makinde making presentations to civic groups and organizations, postcards that include 12-month collection calendars are to be mailed to each residence, the RecyColumbus handout states.