trash bins

Véronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

  Throughout 2015, the City of Columbia has made strident efforts to overhaul its trash services. While most of the focus has been put on the potential “what if’s” of switching from the city’s current curbside pick-up system to an automated roll-cart service, there has also been discussion about how to raise the city’s diversion rate, or the amount of trash that the city throws away that doesn’t end up in landfills. However, some citizens are still asking for more  — to move to a more seamless single-stream recycling system like they have in Saint Louis.

Chelsea Stuart / KBIA

The Columbia City Council voted against the heavily debated roll cart trash pilot program last night. Third Ward Council Member Gary Kespohl said the pilot program failed to show financial benefit and improved customer service.

“There has to be more justification to me to go to this system, (for example) a bigger dollar savings," Kespohl said. "I can’t see where it’s at. Either that or the public has to be overwhelmingly in favor of it. Then I’d be in favor.”

Columbia could change trash pickups

Jul 9, 2012
City of Columbia

The city of Columbia could be changing the way it picks up trash next year.  The city will currently pick up trash bags left on residential street, but a new proposal would change the method to only collecting trash from bins provided to residents by the city. 

The proposal would reduce the number of trash collectors, but Columbia Solid Waste Utility Manager Richard Wieman says those positions would be transitioned to another part of waste collection.