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City outlines trash pickup changes for holidays

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Our brush and compost routes will continue to run until Dec. 21.

Pickup is the day after your regularly scheduled trash collection.

After Dec. 21, brush and compost collection will be on a call-in basis until we begin weekly collections again in the spring.

Brush needs to be placed alongside the curb for collection, not in the curb line.

Brush piles that are larger than a pickup truck load need to be called in for a special pick-up.

Arrangements can be made by calling 376-2509. A small amount of brush can be placed in your trash Toter.

Compost must be in a green yard-waste Toter for collection and placed at the curb. If you need to purchase a yard-waste Toter, they are sold at Lowe’s Home Improvement or Walmart.

Keep brush and compost free of any other kind of debris and do not place brush in the compost Toter.

Loose-leaf collection

Our loose leaf collection program is still under way until Dec. 21. Residents may rake loose leaves to the edge of the curb for collection.

Loose leaves need to be placed at the edge of the curb and not in the curb line to help prevent any storm drains from becoming clogged.

Loose leaves that are raked into the street could also become a fire hazard if a warm vehicle parks on the pile.

Loose leaves need to be free of any debris. No brush, trash, etc. mixed in piles.

We ask that you help by not placing piles around obstacles such as trees, sign posts, vehicles, etc.

Loose leaves will be collected the day after your regular scheduled trash pickup.

Street sweeping

We have begun our fall leaf sweeping with our street sweepers. We will be posting a sweeping schedule on our website, and submitting it to the newspaper so that you will know when we will be arriving in your neighborhood.

We will be posting “No Parking” signs on these streets so that we can get the entire street clean.

We ask that you help out and obey the signs, which we will post 24 hours in advance. We try to get in and out with little to no hassle for you.

Please always give the street sweepers plenty of room to operate.

Snow removal

The time of year is here again when we start talking about snow, and we would like to pass along a few reminders:

  • Always give yourself extra time for travel.
  • Make sure to clear your windows from the frost or snow so that you have clear visibility for your travel.
  • Have patience and drive safely.
  • Make sure to give those snow plow trucks room to work. We need them out there to make our roads safe to travel.

Remember, plow-truck drivers are doing a lot more than just driving down the road.

They are watching for obstacles such as parked vehicles, moving vehicles, pedestrians and mailboxes. While trying to find the roadway, they are operating the plow, applying material and working long hours.

Let’s all give them the room they need to work for our safety, and be sure to give them a big thumbs up when you see them — they deserve it.

Special pickups

Special pickups will be the week of Jan. 7-11 on your regular trash collection day. Special pickups are always the first full week of each month.

If the first 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 sit items out more than 24 hours prior to collection.


Toters should not be set out to the curb more than 24 hours prior to collection and must be removed no later than 24 hours after collection.

Please try to place Toters so that they are not blocking sidewalks for pedestrians.


Chuckhole season is here. Report chuckholes, whether they are in the roadway or in an alley, to us at 376-2508.


During December, the Sanitation Department will run on schedule with the exception of Christmas Day, which will delay collection one day with Friday’s collection being on Saturday.

Information: or at 812-376-2508.

Bryan Burton is the manager of Columbus City Garage. He can be reached at 376-2508.

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