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The City’s Solid Waste Program is provided by Local Waste Services. It provides a simplified approach with a standard fee for service, billed twice a year. Trash, recycling, yard waste and bulk items are all collected as part of this fee. Local Waste provides all households with grey trash and blue recycling containers on wheels with lids. If a container becomes damaged, in most instances it will be repaired or replaced at no charge. The trucks used by Local Waste are energy-efficient, CNG vehicles, reducing their environmental impact on our community.

Local Waste observes some but not all of the City’s holidays each year. These holidays delay collection by one day, with normal service resuming the following week (if the holiday falls on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, there is no collection delay). Scroll down to our program guidelines to see which holidays will have a delay in service.

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Solid Waste Services Map

The City is divided into four zones for the collection of solid waste. Collection days are determined by the location of your home:

  • Mondays (Zone 1)– areas south of Canterbury Road/west of Tremont Road and all areas south of Lane Avenue
  • Tuesdays (Zone 2)– all areas north of Canterbury Road, south of Fishinger Road and west of Tremont Road
  • Wednesdays (Zone 3)– all areas north of Lane Avenue and east of Tremont Road/Reed Road
  • Thursdays (Zone 4)– all areas north of Fishinger Road and west of Reed Road

Place all items for disposal at the curb between 6 pm the night before and 7 am on the day of your regularly scheduled collection day. Keep trash and recycling containers at least three feet apart from other items to provide easy access for the collection equipment. Do not park cars in front of containers, as this makes collection difficult and could result in damage to your vehicle. Containers must be removed from the curb by 7 am of the day following collection.

Holiday Collection Delays

Local Waste observes some but not all of the City’s holidays each year. These holidays delay collection by one day, with normal service resuming the following week (if the holiday falls on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, there is no collection delay):

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Missed Collection?

Submit a Service Request:
Call: 614-583-5370
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The trash and recycling containers provided by Local Waste are the property of Local Waste. Please do not write your address or any other markings on these containers. If you do wish to place some identifier on your container, write on some tape and affix the tape to the inside of the container lid. In most instances damaged trash or recycling containers will be repaired or replaced by Local Waste. Call 614-583-5370 to report the issue and request a repair or replacement.

If you wish to dispose of old trash and recycling containers, Local Waste will take them. Either place old containers inside your new trash container, or affix a sheet that says “Take Me” and place at the curb. An alternative to disposing of old containers is to use them for yard waste. Yard waste decals are available at City buildings and library locations.

Container Placement

Place all items for disposal at the curb between 6 pm the night before and 7 am on the day of your regularly scheduled collection day. Keep trash and recycling containers at least three feet apart from other items to provide easy access for the collection equipment. Do not park cars in front of containers, as this makes collection difficult and could result in damage to your vehicle. Containers must be removed from the curb by 7 am of the day following collection.

Place trash items in your grey trash container (bagged) with the lid opening facing toward the street. If you have additional items that cannot fit into the container from Local Waste, place them in a secondary, lidded container clearly marked as “trash,” and bring to the curb.

Place accepted recyclables loose (do not bag) in your blue recycling container and wheel to the curb with the lid facing toward the street. Recyclables are taken to the Rumpke Recycling Facility, and accepted items are determined by Rumpke, not Local Waste. If you have additional recyclables, place them into a secondary, lidded container clearly marked as “recycling,” and bring to the curb.

Please do not discard of electronic waste (e-waste) in your household trash. E-waste includes almost any electronic device that has a cord or a battery such as: small appliances, computers, cell phones, iPods, tablets, stereos and televisions. To safely remove e-waste from the waste stream, please dispose of these items at an e-waste recycler who will collect and recycle old, unwanted e-waste in an environmentally-responsible manner. A list of local e-waste recyclers can be found at

Information and drop-off locations regarding proper disposal of Household Hazardous Waste, such as fluorescent light bulbs, lawn chemicals and old gasoline, can be found on SWACO’s web page (//

Live Christmas trees are collected on your regular collection day during the month of January. Remove all decorations and lights and place at the curb by 7 am. Do not place live trees in plastic bags or other forms of wrapping.

Residents who are physically unable to bring trash and recycling containers to the curb can qualify for at-the-door collection for no additional charge if they are a person with a disability that limits or impairs the ability to walk as defined by R.C. 4503.44(A)(1). Medical Exemption Service customers are required to re-qualify for this service annually. See form in Resources & Links section below.

The Drug Collection Unit is available 8 am-5 pm, Monday – Friday at the Upper Arlington Police Help Desk, 3600 Tremont Road. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.

Accepted items: Any pills, liquids, inhalers, or ointments that are prescribed

Non-accepted items: Thermometers, Needles (sharps), Medication/medical waste from businesses or clinics, any over-the-counter medication, used syringes

For additional information and resources visit

Households are required to keep trash and recycling containers out of view from the street—in a garage, shed, screened behind a fence or landscaping, etc.—except when putting them at the curb the night before or by 7 am on the morning of collection. Remove containers from the curb by 7 am of the day following collection.

Please give full consideration to how you dispose of materials that could cause a health or safety risk to Solid Waste crews. Contaminated objects that can penetrate the skin are considered “sharp” objects by the Occupational Safety And Health Administration regulations governing blood borne pathogens. These items include lancets, hypodermic needles, syringes, scalpel blades and non-household glass articles that have been broken.

In the case of an individual using sharps for the purpose of in-home care or treatment, these items may be disposed of as part of the City’s Solid Waste Program, as long as they are packaged into a rigid container clearly marked as “Sharp Waste” prior to disposal into your trash container. Acceptable containers include liquid detergent and bleach bottles, two liter pop bottles and coffee cans. These containers should be securely sealed with heavy tape. Your cooperation in keeping the work environment as safe as possible for Solid Waste crews is appreciated.

Additional information and resources may be found at Columbus Public Health.

Yard waste is picked up from the curb on your regular trash collection day, with the following requirements:

  • Use approved biodegradable yard waste bags; OR
  • Place yard waste in marked containers, making sure the weight of each container does not exceed 50 lbs
  • For branches, please cut them down to 4-5 feet in length and bundle with twine/rope, making sure each bundle does not exceed 50 lbs in weight
  • Plastic bags or yard waste mixed with trash are NOT accepted
  • The City has “Yard Waste” decals available at the Municipal Services Center (3600 Tremont Road) and at UA libraries; or mailed by request at 614-583-5350

Ohio Mulch Facility, 4120 Roberts Road, Columbus
UA Residents may drop off accepted yard waste item free-of-charge at the Regional Composting Facility, operated by Ohio Mulch. You may be asked to provide proof of UA residency to qualify for free drop-off for items larger than 1/4” in diameter, per the City’s arrangement with Ohio Mulch.

For hours of operation, please call Ohio Mulch at 614-921-9330 or visit their website here.

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The amount of waste created by Central Ohio residents and businesses is staggering. In fact, every resident generates an average of nine to 10 pounds of waste each day. With only so much landfill space available, it’s more important than ever that we reuse, recycle, compost or divert as much as we can.

It’s not only important to recycle, it’s important to Recycle Right.

By only recycling materials that are accepted at the recycling facility, your recycling efforts will make more of an impact. SWACO’s “RECYCLE RIGHT” campaign makes proper recycling easy by providing a comprehensive list of what should and should not go in your recycling container. For more information about “RECYCLE RIGHT,” visit

For SWACO’s comprehensive list of resources that accept metals, furniture, electronics, plastics and other items that you need to recycle, please visit


  • Cartons: Please rinse and remove lids.
  • Glass Bottles & Jars: All colors of glass are accepted.
  • Metal Cans: Labels are accepted. Remove aerosol tips.
  • Plastic Bottles, Jugs and Tubs: Butter, sour cream, cottage cheese tubs as well as yogurt and fruit and yogurt cups. Lids and labels accepted. No cups.
  • Paper & Cardboard: Break down and flatten cardboard boxes.
  • Keep items loose. Don’t bag items.

Not Accepted

  • NO Tanglers: Hoses, wires, chains, clothing or electronics
  • NO Specialty Glass: window glass, glass shower doors, glassware or light bulbs
  • NO Specialty Paper: egg cartons, paper plates, napkins or old books (consider donating)
  • NO Plastic Bags: These may be returned to retail stores.
  • NO Cups: Coffee, yogurt or party
  • NO Metals: car parts, nails, screws, pots and pans or bedframes
  • NO Plastic or Foam Containers

The City of Upper Arlington has partnered with GoZERO Services– a non-profit food scraps courier service–to offer a pilot program for residential recycling of kitchen food scraps for composting.

Program Overview

To participate, you may use any container with a lid to fill with food waste. Once your container is full, the City of Upper Arlington has three centralized drop-off locations for your convenience: 65-gallon containers are located at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road on the south side of the building next to the dumpsters; Amelita Mirolo Barn (next to Sunny 95 Park), 4395 Carriage Hill Lane, 43220 next to the front entrance and Fancyburg Park, 3375 Kioka Avenue, located in the parking lot off Kioka Avenue. Only place food waste in the lime green containers marked “FOOD WASTE FOR COMPOST ONLY.” Every two weeks, GoZERO Services will empty and clean the containers at the designated drop-off locations and ensure that the containers are in working condition to combat rodent issues or smells.

Provided below is a list of accepted and not accepted items. A rule of thumb for any food scrap composting program is: “When in doubt, leave it out”. The presence of non-acceptable materials may contaminate the feed stock for the compost’s final product, possibly rendering the compost as unusable.

We no longer have lidded containers to provide to residents. To participate in the program, you can use any type of container to transport your food waste to one of the drop-off locations.  If you have questions about the program, please call Public Service at 614-583-5350 or use the contact form at the bottom of the page.


Lime green containers are located on the south side of the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road, 43221, next to the City’s recycling and solid waste containers. Please remember to close the gate to the container area when you are finished.


Lime green containers are located at the entrance of the Amelita Mirolo Barn (next to Sunny 95 Park), 4395 Carriage Hill Lane, 43220. Please remember to close lids to deter wildlife and be courteous to guests using the facility.


 Lime-green containers are located in the Fancyburg Park (3375 Kioka Avenue) parking lot off Kioka Avenue.


  • Raw or Cooked Meat & Small Bones
  • Milk, Cheese & Dairy
  • Fruits, Vegetables & Peels
  • Flour, Bread & Pasta
  • Soups, Sauces, Oils & Fats
  • Dressings & Condiments
  • Eggs & Shells
  • Coffee Grounds & Paper Coffee Filters
  • Seafood & Shells
  • Nuts, Shells & Spices

Compostable Liners:
The use of compostable liners is encouraged, especially during summer months; however, it is important to use the correct type of liner. GoZero requires the use of BPI Certified Liners ONLY. Please do not use plastic baggies, grocery bags or trash bags. All liners must have the BPI Certification stamp to be accepted.

Not Accepted

  • Plastic Bags 
  • Milk Cartons & Jugs
  • Juice Cartons
  • Store Bought Floral Products
  • Yard Waste
  • Pet Waste

Please remove PLU/UPC stickers, wrappers, rubber bands, twist ties, bags, plastics and trays before composting. If you have questions about compostable bags, please call 614-583-5356 or email Katy Rees at


Bulk items, such as furniture, appliances and other qualifying larger items are collected as part of this program. While most items are collected curbside with no additional charges, refrigerators, freezers and some other bulk items may incur charges and must be scheduled prior to collection. Please see information below for special pick-up requirements.


  • Large Appliances: Ovens, range-tops, stoves, refrigerators/freezers*, washers, dryers, water heaters, water softeners, dishwashers, grills**
  • Furniture: Sofas, love-seats, mattresses & box springs***, tables, chairs, bookcases, bedframes, dressers. Please break down large items as much as possible before placing curbside.
  • Carpet: Cut to no longer than 5 feet in length, rolled to no more than 50lbs in weight
  • Extra-Large/Specialty Items: For extra-large items, please contact Local Waste Services to schedule a bulk pick-up. Additional charges may apply.

*Refrigerators, freezers and other appliances containing Freon may require additional charges for collection. Please call Local Waste Services (614-583-5370, Option 2) before placing curbside.
**Propane tanks are NOT accepted curbside. Visit for household hazardous waste details.
***Mattresses & box springs must be wrapped in plastic for collection.

Not Accepted

  • NO Construction Debris: Concrete, rocks, bricks, Metal awnings, railings, bath tubs/shower stalls, sinks, toilets, pipes, other plumbing materials, cabinets (metal or wood), garage doors, exterior/interior doors, window frames, countertops, etc.
  • NO eWaste*: Small appliances, televisions, computer monitors, CPU towers, printers, etc.
  • NO Hazardous Waste**: Motor oil, flammables, propane tanks, bleach/household cleaners, oil-based paints, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, lawn chemicals, insecticides, pool chemicals, etc.
  • NO Other: Tires, scrap metal, lawn mowers, car batteries, etc.

*Visit SWACO for more resources on how to properly dispose of e-waste.
**Visit for household hazardous waste details.


The following outlines the fees associated with the City’s Solid Waste Program. Please see the table below for a more detailed breakdown.

Annual Fee

All households are charged a base fee of $213 annually, plus administrative and community recycling fees of $7 apiece, for a total of $227. The fee runs January 1 through December 31 each year and may be subject to nominal annual adjustments. Households are billed twice a year (January & June) via a Utility bill from the City that includes the Solid Waste fee, the Stormwater Utility fee and, in some cases a Neighborhood Lighting Utility fee. This fee applies to every household – single family homes, apartments and condominiums. The fee runs with the property and the City will not prorate the amount due should the property change hands during the year. This annual fee is all inclusive, i.e. trash, recycling, yard waste and bulk items are all collected by Local Waste at no additional charge.

Senior Discount

Single-unit homeowners who reside at the address and are aged 60 years or above can qualify to receive a discount on their Solid Waste base fee each year. PLEASE NOTE: owners of multiple-unit rental apartments do not qualify for the Senior Discount. The Senior Discount is only applicable for the Solid Waste base fee. It will not be applied to Premium Service or to the City’s administrative and community recycling fees. Residents who have recently turned 60 years of age can qualify for this discount at any time, however, it will not be applied retroactively—the first discount will be reflected on your next semi-annual invoice. Once qualified, there is no need to reapply.

Premium Service

Premium, at-the-door service for trash and recycling collection is available to households for an additional $387 per year. Yard waste and bulk items must still be brought to the curb. The Premium Service fee is in addition to the base fee of $213 for Solid Waste Services and the administrative and community recycling fees of $7 apiece. The fee runs January 1 through December 31 each year.

 Senior Discount
Senior Discount
Base Fee$106.50$213$96$192
Community Recycling Fee$3.50$7$3.50$7
Administrative Fee$3.50$7$3.50$7

Regular Total





Premium Service Fee$193.50$387$193.50$387

Premium Total






Utility Billing (8)

For homes built on slabs, the line will likely froze where the pipe enters the home. For homes with basements, the line into the home likely froze where it passes through concrete block into the home.

Insulate pipes where freezing is likely to occur. If this is not possible, periodically turn on your water and let it run for several seconds, purchase a space heater to place in front of the pipes or purchase a heating coil that can be plugged in and wrapped around the pipes to keep them warm.

Try using a hair dryer and blowing warm air down onto frozen sections or into the opening of the block wall where the water line enters the home.

The benefits are not site specific. Run-off from your property combines with that from other lots, accumulating to become part of the problem downstream. Benefits are gained throughout the City by minimizing the flooding of roads, intersections, and downstream properties.

Fire hydrants are flushed in the middle of April to the middle of May. Contact the Fire Prevention Office at 614-583-5100 to see if a hydrant in your area is being flushed. If your water is rusty and it is not during the flushing season, call Columbus Water Division at 614-645-7788 to see if there is a water main break or if there is construction in your neighborhood.

No, all fees included on your utility invoice (stormwater, solid waste, neighborhood lighting utility—if applicable) run with the property and the City does not prorate the amount due should a property change hands during the year. The individual/party that owns the property in question when the utility bill is received is responsible for payment in full.We recommend that you discuss balancing your utility account through your realtor and escrow closing, similar to how property taxes are pro-rated.

No, it is a utility fee just like your water or electric bills, and is therefore not tax deductible.

Discolored water is caused by the build up of iron and calcium deposits in the waterline. When water flow is interrupted by a line break or fire hydrant flushing, deposits can be stirred up, creating the colored water. It usually takes three-to-four hours for water to clear. Periodically turn on your cold water and let it run for several minutes. Keep doing this until the cold water is clear. Do not use hot water or wash clothes until the water is clear.

Category: Utility Billing

The City of Columbus provides water service to all UA residents and businesses. If you experience flooding or suspect a water main break, call the City of Upper Arlington Public Works Division at 614-583-5385 during regular business hours. A member of staff will visit the site to determine the nature of the problem, and contact the City of Columbus on your behalf. If you have an after hours emergency, contact the City of Columbus at 614-645-7788.

The stormwater fee is used to repair and maintain the City’s existing stormwater system. It is not designed to make improvements on private property.

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