Garbage & Recycling

Electronic and Appliance Recycling

City of Columbus residents are able to recycle electronics and appliances at the Landscape Recycling Center on Saturday, April 24, July 17, and October 16, 2021. A variety of electronics and appliances can be recycled for free or with a small fee. Click here for a full list of acceptable and non-acceptable items. Residents recycling one of the few items that have a fee, will need to stop at DPW during normal business hours and pay for a recycling sticker PRIOR to the scheduled recycling event. This is open to City of Columbus residents only, and a Landscape Recycling Center rearview hanger and yearly sticker are required. Click here for details on how to pick up your LRC hanger and sticker.

Curbside Collection

The annual bulk item pick up from Columbia County Solid Waste and Recycling, the City’s garbage and recycling contractor, usually takes place each spring. The bulk pick up for 2021 took place in May. Stay tuned for an update on the 2022 bulk item pick up dates.

The City of Columbus has moved to automated garbage collection. You must place all garbage and recyclables in the 96 gallon carts that were distributed to all residents. For information on automated collection, click the link below. 

More Automated Collection Information

Residential Garbage & Recycling Routes 2021

The City of Columbus utilizes a vendor, Columbia County Solid Waste for weekly trash and curbside recycling pick-up for residential properties of 4 or less units. Solid waste can be placed on the tree border as early as dusk the night before scheduled pickup. Solid waste must be placed in approved containers. Recyclables will be picked up on the same day as regular trash is picked up. *Note - If a holiday falls on Monday, pickup will be moved to the next business day for each route. 

If you have any questions regarding the curbside pick-up programs please call:

  • Columbia County Solid Waste, 608-742-6651
  • The Department of Public Works: 920-623-5908

Landscape Recycling Center

The City of Columbus operates the Landscape Recycling Center. Residents are required to stop at DPW and pick up their yearly LRC rearview hanger tags/stickers. These can be picked up Monday-Friday, 7:00am-3:30pm. No admittance to the LRC without a tag.

The Landscape Recycling Center will be open April 3-November 27, 2021. hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00pm-6:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-3:00pm. Click here for a list of items accepted at the LRC.

If you have any questions please call the Department of Public Works at 920-623-5908.

Bulk Item Drop Off Program

The City of Columbus Department of Public Works (DPW) is offering a larger/bulk item drop off and curbside collection program in the City of Columbus, open to City residents only.

Drop Off Process

Residents who have items eligible for drop off can bring them to the DPW office at 229 East School Street where there is a 30-yard dumpster. Payment for the items is required before dropping into the dumpster. Please alert DPW personnel of your arrival by visiting the office window, and someone will review the items prior to disposal. Proof of residency is required.

NOTE: The DPW and City of Columbus reserves the right to refuse dumping, or close the dumpster drop off program for any reason.

Bulk Item Curbside Collection

Residents who have eligible large/bulk items, and are unable to bring their items to the DPW dumpster site, can request DPW collect their item at the curb. Items eligible for collection are the same as those accepted at the drop off site.

Payment for curbside collection:  residents need to call the DPW office at 623-5908, email columbusdpw@columbuswi.us or stop in person at the DPW office at 229 East School Street and register their request.  DPW will then come to the stated address and review whether the items are eligible for collection. Payment arrangements must be made prior to pick up.

Eligible Drop Off/Collection Materials Accepted

$15 per item for drop off / $30 per item for curbside collection (pricing subject to change at the discretion of DPW staff):

  • furniture (chairs, couches, mattresses, tables, desks)
  • interior household shelving
  • larger children’s toys/furniture
  • any other items deemed acceptable at the discretion of DPW

Items NOT Eligible for Drop Off:

  • electronics (computers, televisions)
  • appliances (any refrigerant containing appliance, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, etc.)
  • microwaves
  • LP tanks
  • chemicals, paint/stain-call Columbia County for recycling options
  • clothing
  • yard waste
  • everyday trash

Metal Items Accepted at NO Charge:

  • Bicycles, washers, dryers, ovens, dishwashers, water heaters, and other miscellaneous metals

DPW Drop Off Hours:  7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Monday thru Friday      
Curbside Collection Hours:  made by appointment