Columbus Recycling and Sustainability Center - 706.225.4505

Columbus Recycling Center



Carl Nunley
Center Manager
8001 Pine Grove Way
Columbus, Georgia 31907
706.225.4505





Recycle & Win - Columbus Consolidated Government partnerships with Coca Cola and Piggly Wiggly in a sustainability initiative that rewards citizens for recycling ! A specially decorated Toyota Prius will be driven around town, checking for properly sorted recycle bins and selecting winners. Coca-Cola will give $13,000 in Piggly Wiggly $50 gift certificates to selected winners!



   Current Residential Recycling Rate (June 2014):  5.5%
   Residential Recycled Weight (January - March):  1,859.6 tons

 

   Located off Schatulga Road, turn on Sacerdote lane. Just before you reach the MCP Guard rails, turn right on Pine Grove Way (which is a newly formed road and may not show up on GPS yet).    - Recycling Center Maps -


Things We Gladly Accept

  • Plastic #1 through #7
  • Cardboard
  • Paper - all types including Envelopes, Magazines, Junk Mail, etc.
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Steel Cans
  • Glass containers (glass should be separated from all other recyclables)


A Few Things Can Not Accept

These items can be properly disposed of for a fee at the Pine Grove Landfill.

  • Medical needles or syringes
  • mattresses
  • plastic toys
  • car parts
  • Styrofoam
  • tires
  • Wax Coated Containers


Recycling Program - F.A.Q.

Here's a list of frequently asked questions about our recycling program.

  • Q: Will I get the new 95 gallon Recycling Cart?
    • All citizens in the Pilot Areas are scheduled to receive the 95 gallon carts, plus a "glass only" bin. Eventually, everyone that wants one should get one. The city government will provide them.
  • Q: What if I don't want to participate in the program?
    • Call 706-225-4696 to opt-out of the program.
  • Q: Tell me more about the Pilot Program.
    • There are eight pilot areas. One area per council district. There are approximately 1,000 participants in each area, based on the heaviest recycling rates. Pilot area participants have already been notified. Equipment is purchased out of the city budgeted Integrated Waste fund. Priority will be given to citizens using several smaller bins and those with physical limitations.
  • Q: Who pays for damaged containers?
    • The city government will replace damaged containers.
  • Q: Do I need to separate glass items?
    • Yes! Glass presents a major problem for workers at the plant. Please place all glass items in special "glass only" bin. If you require additional glass bins, please call 311 and we will send you a "Glass Only" label you can affix to one of your other bins.
  • Q: Can I purchase a different recycling bin from a retail store?
    • Please do NOT purchase your own 95 gallon carts from local hardware stores. There are several issues with that. They may not fit our flipper arms. If they are not sturdy enough, then they may break and we don't want that. Additionally, many of our trucks are not equipped with flipper arms and the larger containers can get quite heavy when filled with paper and we don't want our workers injured trying to lift your containers.


Recycling pickup

  Currently, Recycling Pickup is in transition. We will continue to pick up the small bins and any cardboard set out on the recycling day. Because the new plant will do the sorting, we will no longer be sorting all the material from your bins at the curb and putting it into our segregated recycling trucks. These are being replaced with regular garbage trucks built with a separate bin for glass. We are asking all residents to help us by putting glass in a separate bin, as glass presents major problems for us at the plant. You can call 311 and get a new bin marked “glass only” or, if you have more than one bin, we can get you a “glass only” label to affix to one of your bins.


95 Gallon Carts

  The city is purchasing 10,000 of these carts and providing them to pilot areas in the city . Our goal is to provide the large carts to everyone in the city who wants one, but funding does not allow us to purchase 56,000 of them this year. Therefore, we’ll purchase and distribute as funding allows. If you are not in a pilot area and would like to go on a waiting list, please call 311 and leave that message and we’ll get you added. Those who are using several of the smaller bins, or those with physical limitations, will be given priority for the larger carts.


The Pilot Program

  The Pilot Program areas have received a flier telling them they are in the pilot area. The residents in this area are receiving 95 gallon wheeled and lidded carts. Those who do not wish to have the large carts can opt out by calling 706-225-4696. There are eight pilot areas in the City and they were selected, one from each council district, based upon the heaviest recycling rates. We’ll be getting them out as quickly as we can.


Areas with No Pilot Program

  IF your neighborhood has not been chosen as a pilot program, you will still be able to recycle all the same materials – to include cardboard and glass. You can use the bins provided. Please do NOT purchase your own 95 gallon carts from the local hardware store as there are several issues with that. They may not fit our flipper arms. If they are not sturdy enough, then they could easily break and we don’t want that. Additionally, many of our trucks are not equipped with the flipper arms and the larger containers can get quite heavy when filled with paper and we don’t want our workers injured trying to lift your containers.


Sustainability Center

Teaching Columbus how to conserve. Email cnunley@columbusga.org if you would like us to consider additional information.

Mobile Recycling Sites







Recycle Drop Off Trailer Locations.

Georgia Welcome Center
1751 Williams Road
Columbus, Georgia
 Directions / Map

Cooper Creek Park
4816 Milgen Road
Columbus, Georgia
 Directions / Map

Sacerdote Lane
7175 Sacerdote Lane
Columbus, Georgia
 Directions / Map

Victory Drive Site
#25, 22nd Ave.
(Across from Carl Gregory, behind the Summit)
Columbus, Georgia
 Directions / Map


Helping Us to Help You

Do your part to help the environment and help us save the landfill space!

    Benefits of recycling:
  • Reduced litter
  • Cleaner neighborhoods, playgrounds and retail establishments
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
  • Saves energy
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
  • Prevents Pollution

Those who recycle help protect the health and wellbeing of people and the environment, and help support growth in our state's green economy with more jobs. As natural resources become scarcer and manufacturing costs rise, recycling is more important than ever. That is why we are asking you to support: Columbus Recycles !!

 


 

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