It's kind of strange that in this day and age, a large urban area like Columbus would not have an effective recycling system. Where I come from, it's as standard as regular trash collection. In Columbus, most people do not recycle. I think the problem is particularly bad in my neighborhood, which consists mainly of apartment buildings near the OSU campus area. Renters have access to large dumpsters, but I have yet to live in a place where the landlord or leasing company has provided recycling bins. This week's The Other Paper article, "Recycle Our Paper", covers the issue of recycling in Columbus.
As for myself, I think I know where there is a recycling drop off point on Indianola Avenue where I can haul my recyclables. The thing is, most people do not have time or the dedication to haul trash in their own vehicles. Moreover, there are a large number of people in the inner city who might not have access, or exclusive access to a car. In this town, that means they're basically cut off from any recycling campaign (unless they can pay a private company for curbside pickup).