The City of Columbus officially launched the new city-wide curbside recycling program in March and began distributing carts to westside neighborhoods including Franklinton, The Hilltop and Westland.
The first collection day took place last Monday, June 4th, and brought in a total of 414.21 tons of plastics, glass and other reusable materials. This collection is being touted by city leaders as resulting in a $22,955 savings in landfill dumping fees.
“It was a tremendous first effort with residents filling their carts with recyclable items that two weeks earlier had been placed in the trash,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. “Thanks to all residents who are participating in making Columbus a greener, smarter city.”
The recycling program will continue to be rolled out to other neighborhoods in four additional phases. The delivery of recycling carts to the Phase 2 area of the south, southeast and east side neighborhoods began on June 11th with the fist day of pickup scheduled for July 31st.
The program will be fully implemented by February of 2013 and will service over 220,000 single-family households throughout the entire city of Columbus. Recycling is collected at no additional cost to residents on an every-other-week basis.
More information can be found online at www.RecycleColumbus.org.