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HELLO from the Columbus City Garage.
Sanitation will not be working Monday, to observe Labor Day. All routes (refuse, brush, special pickup and compost) will run one day behind schedule next week with Friday’s pickup being Saturday.
Special pickups will be this week through Sept. 7 on your regularly scheduled trash collection day. Special pickups are always the first full week of each month. If the first day falls on a Tuesday, the full week would be the following week.
We will collect up to 20 bags, a piece of furniture or household items.
We do not collect construction debris including carpet, roofing, concrete, lumber, etc.
Do not put items out more than 24 hours prior to collection.
All brown trash Toters have a serial number that is assigned to a specific address. If you make a move, the Toter should stay with the original home and not be taken to your new location. If your new home is an existing property, then there should be a Toter there from the last resident. The exception is if the property is a newly constructed home, then you will have to contact the city garage to select a Toter size and purchase one.
Also, when setting your Toters out for collection remember to keep sidewalks clear so that they do not obstruct pedestrians from using the sidewalks.
Brush and compost pickup
Our brush and compost routes will continue weekly pickup through Dec. 13. Pickup will be the day after your regularly scheduled trash collection.
A couple of reminders for brush and compost collection:
Keep brush free of any debris such as trash, metal, wire, etc. Anything other than brush can be dangerous or could cause damage to the equipment.
Place all brush away from any obstacles such as light poles, fire hydrants, water meter lids, decorative rocks, etc. If it’s covered up it could get damaged.
Compost Toters are for yard waste only. Do not place trash of any kind or brush in compost Toters. The yard waste that we collect is turned into compost, which is offered to residents at no charge. We need your assistance to help keep it clean and free of any debris.
We have plenty of free mulch and compost available at the Columbus/Bartholomew County compost site. The crews collect brush on a weekly basis from residents which is then ground up and turned into mulch that can be put to good use.
For more on free mulch or compost, contact the city garage or Bartholomew County Recycling Center at 376-2614.
It’s late August, and we are already seeing leaves falling. As we see these leaves fall remember to help keep your storm drains free from any debris to help keep streets from flooding. Our loose-leaf program is scheduled to start in mid-
October, so until then leaves can be mulched, placed in your green yard waste Toter or brought to the compost site.
The city street overlay program is in full swing, which means a lot of new pavement for quite a few streets this year. We couldn’t get to every street, so there are still a lot of chuckholes around. If you come across any chuckholes, please report them to us whether they are in a street or alley so we can make the repairs needed.
The daylight is getting shorter, so that means a lot of us will be heading into work in the mornings in the dark. That makes it even more important to make sure we are using caution when driving. School is in full swing, so always be on the lookout for any hazards.
Sept. 28 will be a busy day around Columbus for our first marathon with a few road closures and many lane restrictions. There will be notifications of all lane restrictions and closures well in advance. Please be sure to pay attention so that you can adjust your route for the day to eliminate inconveniences.
This is a great thing for our city, so let’s all just take a couple extra minutes and make sure we get to where we are going safely.
If you have any comments, questions, or concerns we can always be contacted through the city of Columbus website, www.columbus.in.gov, or by phone at 376-2508.
Bryan Burton is the manager of Columbus City Garage. He can be reached at 376-2508.
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