Use your blue City of Columbus recycling blue bins and fill it with cardboard and other accepted items. Visit to learn how to recycle and to sign up for collection reminders.

Upcoming Recycling Collection Dates:

Thursday, August 24th

Thursday, September 7th

Every other Thursday after...

Always remember to flatten your cardboard boxes before placing them in any recycling container!
Recycling containers need to be placed before 6:00am on collection day. Set them at the same location your garbage is collected. Be sure to take your container back to your home from its pick-up location after it has been emptied.


If your home or apartment building does not have a blue recycling bin, head to a community recycling container location to deposit your cardboard.

Temporary containers will be available from August 19th through August 28th ONLY.

Address Location
37 East 14th Ave Temporary on-street container (August 18th - 29th)
293 East 14th Ave Temporary on-street container (August 18th - 29th)
303 East 6th Ave All-year community recycling at Godman Guild parking lot

recycling special items

Items such as refrigerators, air conditioners, de-humidifiers, and TVs need to be handled by recycling and waste professionals. They cannot be picked-up by the City of Columbus. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) provides a searchable resource directory for those items.

Visit: for more information

Bulk items

If you need to dispose of large items (couches, dressers, desks, carpets), check to see if you can donate them first. Clean, gently used household items are accepted by many area non-profits. 


Furniture Bank of Central Ohio

Your furniture will go towards families that need it the most. Plus, it's the green solution to keep

unnecessary waste out of our landfills. Schedule a free pick-up one week in advance. Call: 614-545-3838

Website: LINK


A wide variety of household items can be donated to this non-profit for reuse. Items must be dropped-

off at a retail donation center. The closest retail center is located at 2550 N. High Street. Call:


Website: LINK

Volunteers of America

Household items can be donated to this non-profit for reuse. Schedule a free pick-up at least four days

in advance. Call: 614-272-2363

Website: LINK

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Anything to build or furnish a home can be donated to this non-profit. Schedule a free pick-up for

large furniture items at least a week in advance. Other items may be dropped off at a donation center.

Call: 614-364-7028

Website: LINK

National Kidney Services

This non-profit recycles furniture, household items, and electronics. A free pick-up (weekdays only)

can be scheduled one week in advance. Call: 614-351-2900

Website: LINK

Neighborhood Services, Inc.

Clothing and non-perishable food items can go to University District families in need. Clothing must be

washed and clean prior to donation at 1950 N Fourth Street, M-F, between 9:00am - 3:00pm. Call: 614-


Website: LINK

Community Computer Alliance

Working or non-working electronics can be recycled through the organization. They will accept computer

monitors, flat screen TVs, and tube TVs for a fee. There are several drop-off locations around

Columbus. Call: 614-223-1530

Website: LINK

Buckeye Food Alliance

This campus food pantry was created by students for students with the mission that “No Buckeye Goes

Hungry.” Food items may be dropped-off anytime at Lincoln Tower (side loading dock). Call: 614-688-2508

Website: LINK

If donation is not an option, contact 311 Columbus City Services to schedule a pick-up of these items.
Call: 614-645-3111

Improper disposal of bulk items is illegal! Do not abandon items on the curb or in alleyways.
Call 311 to schedule a bulk pick-up of unwanted items.