Columbus AFB Recycling
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 6a.m. – 3:00p.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, and a 24 hour outdoor collection facility is located in the shoppette parking lot.
Items that can be dropped off at the recycling center
- 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
*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.*
The Columbus AFB recycling center processes on average close to 40,000lbs of recyclable 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%
- In 1998, the National Safety Council study estimated about 20 million computers became obsolete within 1 year. In 2007, that number increased to 40 million.
- Electronic waste totals approximately 2% of the waste stream in the U.S.
Please help recycle these items!