Update from your local recycling attendant

Published 10:53 am Monday, November 14, 2022

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Now with daylight saving time, it’s light at 6:45 a.m., so the eager, early recyclers don’t have to operate in the dark. I’m sometimes amazed at how dedicated our recyclers are. On days when it’s raining cats and dogs, they recycle anyway. Folks have been wonderful about breaking down their corrugated cardboard boxes, mashing their big plastic milk jugs, and putting only beverage cans in the bin that says aluminum.


Our pickup locations are at Harmon Field (Mon.), at the corner of Ozone Dr. and Hwy. 176 in Saluda (Tues.), Green Creek Fire Dept. (Wed.), and on Ward St. Extension behind the Polk County Museum and First Citizens Bank in Columbus (Thurs.). At all locations, we’re there from 7 a.m. to noon. 

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What we take aside from cardboard and paper are CONTAINERS that hold food or household products. Plastic containers with the numbers 1-7 in a triangle on the bottom are acceptable. Bottles that have held food or household products are fine. All other plastics like coat hangers, packing, bubble wrap, plastic implements, and styrofoam are not recyclable, even if they have a triangle. Glass, other than bottles, is not recyclable. Examples of glass items that are not recyclable are drinking glasses, window and mirror glass, ceramics, and vases.


The following metal items are not recyclable at the truck: coat hangers, hardware, tin foil or pie pans, and gadgets. All metal is recyclable at the landfill. Containers that have held poison, herbicides, pesticides, anti-freeze, gasoline, or oil are not recyclable.


 Our categories are as follows:

  • Aluminum drink cans (no cat food cans)
  • Plastic containers and steel cans together
  • Glass bottles
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Mixed paper- including books, magazines, etc. (when in doubt if it’s paper or cardboard, call it paper)


Dan Dworkin

Recycling Attendant