Columbus AFB Recycling

DSN 742-7406
Commercial: 662-434-7406

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri:  6a.m. – 4:00p.m.
Sat & Sun: Closed


Recycling is an important part of the Columbus Air Force Base waste management plan. The main recycling center is located just next to Outdoor Recreation. Additionally, there are two 24-hour collection points, one is located in the shoppette parking lot and the other is outside the fence at the recycling center.

Items that can be dropped off at the recycling center

  • Cardboard 
  • White office paper
  • Mix paper (newspapers, colored paper, and junk mail)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Plastic (#1) example: water bottles, Gatorade bottles, and soda bottles
  • Plastic (#2) example: milk jugs and detergent bottles
  • Glass bottles
  • Batteries (car, computer, UPS, cell phone, AA, etc.)
  • Scrap metal
  • Large appliances (refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, etc.)
    Absolutely NO televisions or computers accepted

*Please empty bottles and cans before putting them in the recycling bin of dropping them off at the recycling center.  Cardboard boxes should be flattened before being placed in the bin or dropped off as well.*

Recycling Facts

The Columbus AFB recycling center processes on average close to 40,000lbs of RECYCLELOGOrecyclable material a month.  That’s 240 tons annually!


  • Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour
  • Recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves the equivalent energy usage of a two person household for one year.


  • Recycling just one jar of glass saves enough energy to light an 11 watt CFL bulb for 20 hours
  • Glass can be recycled and re-manufactured an infinite amount of times and never wear out.


  • The average person has the opportunity to recycle more than 25,000 cans in a lifetime.
  • Recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours.
  • Every three months, Americans throw away enough aluminum in the landfills to build our nations entire commercial air fleet.


  • Recycling cardboard only takes 75% of the energy needed to make new cardboard.
  • Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 46 gallons of oil
  • Nearly 80% of all retailers and grocers recycle their cardboard


  • Recycling a stack of newspaper just 3 feet high saves one tree.
  • Making paper from recycled paper reduces the related contribution to air pollution 95%

Please help recycle these items!