Columbus begins residential recycling program

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Columbus has begun the city's first residential recycling program with a system of 64-gallon blue recycling carts predicted to save millions of dollars in landfill costs.

The recycling that started Monday is free to eligible residents with carts emptied every two weeks, alternating with yard waste collection.

The first phase of recycling included neighborhoods on the city's west, southwest and northwest sides.

The city expects to have the full program serving 227,000 households fully implemented by February 2013.

The recycling is available for Columbus residents in single-family homes or in buildings with four units or less that are not part of a complex.