Garbage & Recycling

2018 Spring Clean Up 

The annual Spring Clean Up is your chance to put out items not usually eligible for curbside collection. During the week of May 14, and for one week only, all additional items set out will be collected on your same collection day as normal trash & recycling pickup.

All items for large item pickup must be put by the curb in an orderly manner and if necessary contained in a container. Items will not be picked up if they are dumped in the street.

To learn additional details, like what is being accepted, check out this handy flyer.

Curbside Collection

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

Curbside Collection Maps and Schedule

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. 

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 (download the handy flyer with Center hours).

The center will properly dispose of appliances for a fee, which must be paid at City Hall prior to coming to the Recycle Center. Washers, dryers, stoves and dishwashers require a $15 fee paid at City Hall prior to disposal. Refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers and air conditioners require a $30 fee paid at City Hall prior to disposal. Please display your resident tag.

The Columbia County Recycling Center is open all year. You may contact them at 608-742-6651 for location and hours.

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. DPW personnel will review the items prior to disposal. 

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 or, 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.


Payments for the drop off/curbside collection can be dropped off at the DPW office or made at Columbus City Hall, at 105 North Dickason Blvd.  Prior payment made at City Hall will be valid if a receipt for payment is shown to use the drop off service.

Eligible Drop Off/Collection Materials Accepted

$15 per item for drop off / $30 per item for curbside collection:

  • furniture (chairs, couches, mattresses, tables, desks)
  • interior household shelving
  • bicycles
  • 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 (washers, dryers, oven, dishwashers, water heaters)
  • microwaves
  • LP tanks
  • chemicals, paint/stain
  • clothing
  • yard waste
  • everyday trash

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