City of Columbia Recycling Information

Curbside Recycling

  1. Only clean recyclables (as described below) will be accepted.
  2. It is no longer necessary to separate your recyclables before placing them for curbside removal. Recyclables will be sorted at a central location.
  3. Bins should be placed curbside by 6:00 a.m. to ensure removal. Recyclable removal is on the same day as your trash removal or on Friday if you have twice per week trash removal.


Newspapers, magazines, posters, shopping catalogs, junk mail, folders, office paper, fax paper, envelopes, self stick notes, computer paper and wrapping paper.

Glass Bottles and Jars

Brown, clear and green glass.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Remove lids.
  • No need to remove labels or rings around neck.


Aluminum, bi-metal and steel/tin.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Remove metal lids from cans and paper labels.
  • Cans should be flattened to conserve space.


Milk jugs, plastic soda bottles, juice and detergent containers, household plastic containers.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Plastic containers #1 - #7. Look on bottom of container for number.


Cereal and food boxes. Now accepting corrugated cardboard for curbside pick-up.

Click here for a complete copy of the recycling guide which includes information on where you can take alkaline batteries, cardboard, cellular phones, clothing, furniture & toys, CFL light bulbs, motor oil, computer cartridges & components, used tires and other various items.

Electronics / Computer / Appliances Recycling Drop Off
When: Second Saturday of the month (8am - 12noon)
Where: Department of Public Works Parking Lot, 110 W. Sand Bank Road, Columbia, IL
Accepting: Everything related to a computer, electronics, appliances (anything with a cord) & more.
DROP-OFFS ARE PROHIBITED BEFORE 8am and after 12 noon on the day of the recycle event.