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City extends recycling to condos, apartments

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City workers Willie Ruffin and Paul Smith deliver recycling bins to condominiums in Bethel Village Feb. 18. The city is expanding its residential recycling program to condominium and apartment complexes.
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Susan Murnane was among the recycling faithful at her Bethel Village condominium complex.

Murnane would take her glass, paper and plastic to a dropoff center at nearby Carriage Place Recreation Center.

But the Carriage Place site was relocated farther away at Northcrest Park off Reed Road.

Fortunately for Murnane and others at the Northwest Side community, recycling just got a little bit easier.

The city of Columbus has extended its curbside recycling program to select condominium and apartment complexes, which means the distribution of 16,000 more 64-gallon carts to more than 200,000 customers across the city.

There was some initial concern about space at Bethel Village, because not all units have garages, said Murnane, president of the condo association.

But after the plan was sent along via the association's newsletter, there were few complaints.

"This is a great opportunity not to leave your house," Murnane said.

"You just wheel it right out to the curb."

Those who don't have garages are asked to put the carts to the rear of their properties where they store their trash bins, said Maggie Stern, site manager of Bethel Village.

The recycling containers will be delivered through March 28.

When the cart arrives, residents receive a collection date and calendar and a list of accepted recyclable items.

The delivery and collection schedule is:

* Monday collection: Carts will be delivered Feb. 18-28.

* Tuesday collection: Carts will be delivered Feb. 23 through March 7.

* Wednesday collection: Carts will be delivered March 3-14.

* Thursday collection: Carts will be delivered March 10-21.

* Friday collection: Carts will be delivered March 17-28.

In another change, starting March 3, recycling and yard waste will be collected on the same day every other week instead of on alternating weeks.

Those who want an electronic reminder service for trash, recycling and yard waste collection can visit 311.columbus.gov/colorday.

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio is seeking interested multiunit complexes, not eligible for the Columbus program, to participate in a recycling effort.

Albert Iosue, director of planning and programs for SWACO, said the solid waste authority has contacted about 34 complexes to determine interest.

Of those, one complex has agreed to participate and four have expressed interest, Iosue said.

Erin Miller, environmental steward for the city, said the various recycling efforts have been successful.

Since June 2012, Columbus residents have diverted more than 40,681 tons of materials from the landfill, saving the city more than $2.25 million in landfill fees.

"We're very proud of our residents and we appreciate everything they've done to make Columbus a greener, more-sustainable city," Miller said.

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