The City of Columbus will expand to weekly residential recycling collection next summer as part of the proposed 2023 city budget.
The plan to go from biweekly to weekly recycling coverage is part of Columbus’ Climate Action Plan, which Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced last year. The plan has a goal of diverting 95% of recyclable materials from the landfill by 2050.
Weekly recycling will become available to all eligible Columbus households when the program starts in the summer of 2023, pending budget approval. Eligible residents include those who live in a single-family home, multifamily building with four or fewer attached units, or a condominium or apartment that uses 90- or 300-gallon trash containers serviced by the city, according to a fact sheet on the city's website.
Like the city’s current biweekly recycling collection, there will be no fee for weekly recycling.
Columbus officials expect the weekly recycling service to increase the amount of residential recyclable material the city collects by 25 to 40%, according to the fact sheet. Ginther's $1.14 billion 2023 budget is currently receiving public hearings ahead of City Council deliberation.
Columbus Refuse Collection also is adding services and staff to support sustainability and Ginther’s “Clean Neighborhoods” initiative against illegal dumping and littering.
Plans include adding two new solid waste investigators — which expands the team to seven — to investigate and assist in prosecuting cases of illegal dumping in city alleys. Refuse Collection also plans to add six drivers to focus on trash collection where dumping, container overflow and litter is more prevalent.
Ginther also announced last December that he wants to reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 and make Columbus carbon neutral by 2050 as part of the Climate Action Plan.
He said he hopes to achieve this through offering business incentives, funding environmental nonprofits, installing solar panels, encouraging the use of city buses, adopting stricter building codes, planting trees and reducing waste.
Replacing gas-powered city vehicles with electric vehicles and installing LED streetlights also were among the mayor’s proposals last year, but those provisions were already in the works.
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Columbus plans to expand to weekly recycling collection next summer