The Public Works Department is dedicated to planning, developing and maintaining the City’s infrastructure, solid waste program, facilities, streets, traffic, and other services in a manner which provides safe travel for the general public and enhances the quality of life.
The Public Works Department offers curbside recycling on a bi-weekly schedule (every two weeks). A 96-gallon blue recycling cart will be delivered to your address once you have signed up, subject to availability of recycling cans in stock. On garbage pick up day, roll the cart out to the street for pick up. Click here to learn more about Recycle Columbia.
The Sanitation Division collects residential and commercial garbage and other refuse on a scheduled basis. This service is performed for over 15,000 residences and 1,200 businesses. The sanitation department also provides recycling, bulky item, and brush collection. Click here to learn more about Sanitation Division including Bulky/Brush Collection Services.
The Streets & Maintenance Division is responsible for the maintenance of 240 miles of city streets and rights-of-way. The staff performs a variety of demanding and diverse maintenance services involving pavement maintenance, snow and ice removal, sidewalk and curb replacement, street sweeping, litter control and other functions. They also repair storm drains, which includes small to major maintenance projects, and clean storm drainage channels, culverts, grates and catch basins. Click here to learn more about the Streets & Maintenance Division.
The Traffic Division provides and maintains traffic control devices for the safe and orderly movement of vehicles on City streets. This involves the installation of traffic signs and signals, plus the maintenance of visible lane markings and crosswalks. Click here to learn more about the Traffic Division.
Report traffic signal outages or damage to Public Works.
The Public Works Department is charged with clearing streets during snow and/or ice emergencies. Snow and ice operations involve many hours of work, no matter how large or small. City crews work around the clock to maintain thoroughfares during the storm. Crews then begin cleaning additional side streets after main thoroughfares are clear. Click here to read more about Snow & Ice Removal.
The Fleet Maintenance Division repairs City vehicles and equipment and coordinates the use of contract services for fleet maintenance and repairs. This activity may involve minor to major repairs. The city garage is responsible for the repair and maintenance of all City vehicles and equipment including backhoes, loaders, street sweepers, tractors, and dozers.