New, larger rolling recycling carts will replace smaller red recycling bins for more than 48,000 Richland County residents this year as the county takes continued steps toward sustainability.
The 95-gallon lime green roll carts will be delivered to residents in the northern part of the county beginning Jan. 5 through Jan. 30. The county hopes the larger carts will encourage more people to recycle by giving them a larger container to hold their recyclables.
The last day recyclables will be collected from the red bins is Jan. 30, though residents may keep the bins for their personal use or recycle them by placing them inside the new roll carts.
The delivery of the new roll carts is the third and final phase of a plan to increase recycling availability to every resident serviced by Richland County Solid Waste and Recycling.
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Last year, 16,000 households received new roll carts in place of the red bins. Another 17,000 were delivered the previous year.
In addition to the new recycle roll carts being delivered this month, starting Feb. 2, the county is changing its bulk-item pick-ups to being by appointment only. To schedule pick-up for qualifying bulk items, residents may call the ombudsman's office at 803-929-6000.
Additionally, starting Feb. 2, yard waste will be collected in unlimited qualities, either loose or contained.