When the City of Columbus signed a 5-year, 45 million dollar contract with Rumpke for curbside collection of yard waste and recyclables in March, City Council members urged officials to try and find ways to lower those costs.

It will cost Columbus taxpayers 430 thousand dollars less this year to dump their trash into the Franklin County landfill.

Columbus City Council last night approved a contract with Rumpke to collect recyclables and yard waste over the next five years.

Columbus city officials say residents may safely dispose of their Christmas trees by setting them at the curb for collection over the next few weeks.

Columbus' curbside recycling program saved the city 1.2 million dollars in landfill tipping fees through the end of May.

The City of Columbus says the Rumpke company will pick up Christmas trees at the curb free of charge.