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If you have questions or need more information regarding your recycling cart, please contact the Sanitation Department at (812) 349-3443, or send an email to sanitation@bloomington.in.gov.

Find your Recycling Day

Recycling collection occurs weekly service.  Your recycling day will be the same as your trash day.  You can search for your address using our myBloomington tool to find your recycling day.

View the Sanitation Pickup Areas Interactive Map

Single Stream Recycling: No Need to Separate Materials!

City of Bloomington recycling is single stream and picked up weekly.  This means that you can throw all your recyclable materials into the same bin, without the need to separate any of the materials.  All recyclables (metal, cans, glass, paper, etc.) can go right into the cart provided by the City.     

Recycling Carts

The City of Bloomington Sanitation Department provides one recycling cart, per household, in the following sizes (at no cost*):

  • 96 gallon cart: (26" wide/34.5" deep/46" high): no cost
  • 64 gallon cart: (24" wide/27" deep/41.5" high): no cost
  • 35 gallon cart: (19" wide/23.75" deep/37.5" high): no cost

*If you choose to change the size of your recycling cart, there is a fee of $50 that will be reflected on your next City of Bloomington Utilities statement.  If a new cart size is selected, the City will make all efforts to have it delivered to you by the next billing cycle.

Placement of Carts

The placement of carts is very important in order to guarantee collection service. Carts must be 4 feet away from any obstacles, including mailboxes, other carts, overhead wires, trees, etc. Carts must also be 10 feet away from vehicles.

The lid on your cart must be fully closed and all recyclables must fit into the cart.  Carts must be placed at the curb by 5:00 a.m. on your day of pickup. Failure to comply with these guidelines could result in a missed pickup. 

*** Please note: after pickup, your cart must be removed from the curb on the same day of pickup.

Cart Storage

Please store your carts in a covered area such as a garage or shed. If this is not possible, store them outdoors on the side or rear of your housing structure.

Recyclable Items

These are the items that can be placed in your recycling container for pick-up:

Paper Products (which must be dry) including:

  • Newspapers 
  • Magazines
  • Office paper
  • Cardboard and paper board

*** Please note that we do NOT take any type of paper products that have a waxy outer coating. Frozen dinner boxes, paper milk cartons, etc.

Metal and Glass Containers (please rinse containers and remove all lids):

  • Aluminum cans and foil
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Steel and tin cans
  • Juice boxes

Plastics (Labeled No. #1-7): Please check to ensure plastics fall within this range:

  • clean grocery and shopping bags
  • Newspaper sleeves
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Milk bottle tops

Non-Recyclable Items

  • Light Bulbs
  • Window Glass
  • Styrofoam Cups and Lids*
    *Please make note that SOME styrofoam falls under the #6 category. Please check the styrofoam and if it has a #6 on it then it can be included with the glass, plastic and aluminum recyclables.
  • Wire Hangers
  • Wax or Plastic-coated Boxes
  • Styrofoam and Packing Peanuts: Pak-Mail, located at 2600 S. Henderson St., will take styrofoam packing and they can be reached at (812) 339-4911. They reuse the styrofoam packing and packing peanuts for their shipping needs. Please phone them regarding any questions about what kind they will or will not accept. (Pak-Mail information used with Pak-Mail permission 6/5/06. (Spring Dry Cleaners used with Spring Dry Cleaners permission: 5/12/08)

The City of Bloomington does not endorse any single business or company. If your company accepts the above-mentioned items. please contact 812-349-3443 to have your company added.

Electronics Recycling

For a $20.00 fee, the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District offers year-round electronics recycling (TV's, Computer Monitors, Laptops, Tablets) Tuesday through Saturday at the Hazardous Materials facility at the South Walnut Recycling Center located at 3400 S. Walnut St. and at all Rural Recycling Centers. The District also accepts any item that requires an electric cord or a battery to operate that do not have a screen free of charge. No electronics are placed in landfills and nothing is illegally exported to other nations. Electronics are transported and treated in accordance with RCRA guidelines. Please call 812-349-2848 for more information.

Stolen, Lost, Misplaced or Damaged Recycling Carts

Each cart has a serial code that links your new solid waste and recycling carts to your specific household. This is done through Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. City staff will be responsible for making repairs to damaged carts and will work with residents when carts are stolen or misplaced. If a cart sustains damage caused by City services, the City will cover the cost of replacement. All other damages to the cart such as vandalism or mutilation will result in a $50 charge to the resident for a full cart replacement.

Options for Addresses that Don't Receive City Recycling Services

Residents who do not receive City of Bloomington sanitation services, have large amounts of recyclable items, miss their recycling day, or need to recycle other materials may visit the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District's Central Station, located at 3400 S. Walnut St. The station is open Tuesday through Saturday 7:30-5:30.

The Monroe County Solid Waste District also has a number of satellite waste/recycling transfer stations located throughout Monroe County. Please contact them regarding transfer station locations, hours and what materials they will accept.

For additional information about the District, please visit www.gogreendistrict.com or call (812) 349-2020.