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City of Bloomington, Indiana

City of Bloomington recycling is now single stream and picked up weekly! Single stream recycling means that residents can throw all of their recyclable materials into the same bin. Residents no longer need to separate their fiber materials (cardboard, paper, etc.) from other recycling. All recycling will go into a single cart provided by the City. 

Households should set out their recycling by 5:00 a.m. on their designated sanitation pickup day. Magnets with your trash and recycling pickup schedules are sent annually to each residence. If you do not have a magnet please call the Sanitation Department at 812-349-3443 and one will be mailed to you. 

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Recycling Carts

The City of Bloomington Sanitation Department gives one free recycling cart per city household. All recyclables must fit into the cart. If you are without one of the city-issued recycling carts please phone the department at 812-349-3443 or send an email to

Apartment buildings or complexes that have more than four units in them are exempt from the curbside recycling program and are encouraged to contact their property manager about facilitating a recycling program into their trash removal.

You can also contact Monroe County Solid Waste at 812.349.2020 or visit their website at or their drop off locations located throughout Monroe County.

Placement of Carts

The placement of the carts is very important. 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. Carts must be placed at the curb by 5:00 a.m. on your day of pickup in order to guarantee service. Failure to comply could result in a missed pickup. After pickup, carts must be removed from the curb on the same day of pickup.


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.

Cart Selection Changes

If a customer finds they need a smaller or larger cart for either trash or solid waste than they originally requested, the carts can be exchanged for a different size and will be assessed a $50 fee. 

If you change your cart size, the City will make all efforts to have it delivered to you by the next billing cycle.  The change in cost will be reflected on your next billing cycle.  

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 Containers

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.

Recyclable Items

1. Paper Products (which must be dry) including junk mail, magazines, catalogs, office paper, shredded paper (please bag shredded paper), newspaper, cardboard and paper board. Boxes must be flattened and tied.

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

2. Metal Cans, Glass Containers and Plastic Bottles including metal food and beverage cans, glass jars and bottles, ANY plastic designated by the numbers 1 - 7. The numbers are shown inside the recycling symbol, some examples are shown here.

Types of plastics that may now be recycled include, clean plastic grocery bags, newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning bags and milk bottle tops. Containers, bottles and cans must be rinsed out, and the lids removed. Labels do not need to be removed. Please check your plastics for their number to be sure they fall under the range.

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
    Spring Dry Cleaners will take your wire hangers. They have two locations. 444 S, Walnut St & 3160 S. Walnut St. they can be reached at (812) 330-1309. Please phone them with any questions.
  • 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.

Ineligible Addresses

Residents who do not receive city 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.

Monroe County Solid Waste also has transfer stations located throughout Monroe County. Please contact Monroe County Solid Waste regarding the transfer station hours and what they do or do not accept at their main location and their transfer stations.

For additional information about the District, please visit or call 349-2020.