The City of Columbia's Pay As You Throw program starts Feb. 1, but bags will be available starting Tuesday at various locations. 

Columbia residents will receive vouchers for 104 trash bags a year, or two a week. Those bags will be available at Gerbes, Hy-Vee, Menards, Moser's, Schnucks and the Daniel Boone City Building.

Columbia residents can redeem those vouchers at a contactless drive-thru event at Cosmo Park, starting Tuesday and running though Saturday. Bags are available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

City officials have previously said this change is to help trash collection be more equitable for residents.

Recycling issues have been a concern for months as recycling centers have overflowed. City officials say they are working on a solution, as well.

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