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Council approves new recycling drop-off center in Columbia

A full paper and cardboard recycling bin seen Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at Moser's on Business Loop 70 in Columbia.
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A full paper and cardboard recycling bin seen Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at Moser's on Business Loop 70 in Columbia.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

The city of Columbia approved a new recycling drop-off center in Cosmo Park after temporary stops in curbside pick-up led to overflows at existing recycling centers.

The recycling center will be built at the Parks Management Center, located at 1501 Business Loop 70 W. at Cosmo Park. The project includes a concrete block wall perimeter and bins to hold recyclable containers and fibers.

The recycling center will be built in a parking lot the city says is underused and will cost about $30,000 that will come from solid waste funds.

The city received four comments in favor of the project and nine against it. Three out of the nine negative comments wanted the return of residential curbside recycling, three were concerned with the size or configuration of the proposed facility and three wanted the facility constructed at a different location.

The city resumed curbside recycling pick up this year after halting it last July, citing staffing issues. Curbside pickup returned Feb. 1.

Construction is anticipated to be completed during the fall of 2021.

Recycling drop-off centers can already be found at:

  • Columbia College (Dulany Hall) – near Eighth Street and Hickman Ave
  • Columbia College (Wightman Bldg.) – south end of Pannell Street
  • Downtown (The Armory) – along Park Ave, between Seventh and Eighth Street
  • Downtown (10th and Cherry) – south side of 10th & Cherry Parking Garage
  • Home Depot  – 3215 Clark Lane, near the I-70 and Highway 63 intersection
  • Moser’s on Keene –  900 N. Keene St., near the I-70 and Highway 63 intersection
  • Moser’s Supermarket – 705 Business Loop 70 W., near ALDI
  • South Providence – 3601 S Providence Road, on the outer road
  • State Farm Parkway – near Grindstone north of E. Nifong Blvd
  • University of Missouri (Bluford Hall) – along Kentucky Blvd
  • University of Missouri (Schurz Hall) – near College Ave and Ashland Rd.
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Leila Mitchell

Leila is a Penn State graduate who started with KMIZ in March 2021. She studied journalism and criminal justice in college.

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