Where to Find Us:
Columbia, MO 65201
Damon Crum, Collection Superintendent
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Solid Waste Division offers residents weekly curbside collection of trash, recycling, and yard waste. Please secure all material in disposable bags or bundles not to exceed 50 pounds. Please do not place trash in garbage cans. No cans (plastic or metal containers) will be emptied.
Regular hours begin at 7:30 a.m. for curbside refuse collection.
Physically challenged customers may arrange for special pickup at no additional cost. Please submit a letter from your physician explaining the circumstances.
Items such as demolition debris, automotive parts, hazardous materials, whole tires, and felled trees cannot be collected with regular refuse. For disposal options, call 573-874-6291.
Curbside Appliance Pickup Rates (effective 10-01-2014)
The City of Columbia observes the holidays listed below; trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day after that holiday for the remainder of that week.
Special Assistance for customers with physical limitations
Customers with physical limitations who can not set trash and recycling curbside are eligible for assistance. Simply have your physician send a note, on the physicians letterhead, which states the residents name and address to:
Columbia Public Works
Solid Waste Division
1313 Lakeview Ave
Columbia, MO 65201
The note should indicate that the resident has a physical limitation and can not place their trash or recycling curbside.
Once documentation is received, the collection crews will then collect the bags from the residence (for example just outside of the garage door, carport, etc.) Our crews can not enter a garage or residence to collect materials.
If you have additional questions about the program, please call our customer contact center at (573) 874-6291.
For Your Safety and the Safety of the Sanitation Crew, please wrap broken glass, hypodermic needles, sharp metal, etc., and place them in a disposable container which will resist punctures. This container may then be placed in your trash bag. Thank you for helping prevent injury to Columbia Refuse Collectors! The Health Department (874-7356) also offers a Red Box Program for the disposal of needles.
City Ordinance states that a special pickup fee will be charged for trash and recycling placed curbside prior to 4 p.m. on the day before the normal collection day. A special pickup fee of $50 will be charged to the account holder or property holder for each offense. This fee is added to the monthly utility statement for that address and becomes the responsibility of the account holder or property holder.
The City Ordinance states an additional collection fee for trash, recyclables, and yard waste improperly placed curbside prior to 4 p.m. on the day preceding normal collection will be billed to the account holder or property holder. For residents who are unable to place trash out for collection on the normal day, please make alternate arrangements with a friend or neighbor. This policy does not affect individuals with certified medical problems who have prior arrangements for trash collected at the house. Yard waste not properly packaged that remains curbside 48 hours after the normal day of collection, is collected and charged the additional collection fee. Limbs and brush must be in bundles four feet or less and not greater than two feet in diameter.
If you have questions, please call Columbia Solid Waste at 573-874-6291. To report an improperly placed materials violation electronically, click here. Please help us Keep Columbia Clean.
To arrange a free pickup of oversized items, call Columbia Solid Waste or complete the online request form at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled refuse day. This includes bulky items such as furniture and carpet (cut in lengths of 4 feet and in rolls not to exceed 24 inches in diameter). For more information, call 573-874-6291.
NEED AN APPLIANCE HAULED AWAY? Major appliances -- washer, range, dryer, freezer, dehumidifier, stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, water heater, air conditioner, trash compactor, conventional oven -- will be picked up on your regular trash day. Call 573-874-6291 at least 24 hours before your regular trash day OR submit your request online at least 48 hours before your regular trash day. The appliance will need to be curbside by 7:30 a.m. and a $18.93 fee per appliance which has refrigerants and $12.62 per appliance without refrigerants will be added to your monthly utility bill. If the appliance is not curbside and/or someone takes the appliance from the curb, please call to cancel the pickup to avoid the fee.
If you live in Columbia, you can recycle at the curb on your regular weekly trash day. Here's how it works!
Leaves, grass, twigs and small branches should be placed in with your trash or any other bag (except the blue recycling bags), box, or other type of disposal container, and set out with the trash on your regular collection day. The yard waste is used in the city's bioreactor landfill. In the bioreactor, liquid is added to accelerate the decomposition and stabilization of the waste. Methane produced will be used to generate electricity from this renewable energy source.
Place leaves, grass, twigs and branches too small to bundle in any bag (except blue recycling bags), box or disposal container- not to exceed 50 pounds. Limbs must be bundled and should not exceed 4 feet in length, 2 feet in diameter, and 50 pounds per bundle.