yrs ago when I lived in Columbus it was the same deal, no pick up only drop off. I had hooks/nails in the basement rafters and strung the milk jugs onto a string. I would tie the first jug to the string at the handle then lace the rest onto the string through the handle. All cardboard, like cereal boxes, etc. were broken down and put in paper grocery bags or into another box. for cans I had a large box lined with a plastic bag and when that was full we (me & 3 kids) would load the van and take it to the drop off area. I also had a large box lined with a plastic bag for the shampoo bottles, etc. this was all stored in the unfinished half of the basement and of course I was washing my trash!