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City of Bloomington, Indiana

Every other week on your regular trash day, recycling service is provided free of charge to recipients of city trash pickup. 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. 

Find your Recycling Day

Search for your address using our myBloomington tool to find your recycling day.



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.

Recycle Bins

The City of Bloomington Sanitation Department gives one free recycle bin per city household. You can also use comparably sized bins to put your recycles into for curbside pickup. The additional containers can not exceed more than 35-gallon in size and 40 pounds when filled. You can use plastic grocery bags to put your glass, plastic and aluminum products into for curbside pickup. If you are without one of the city-issued recycling bins please phone the department at 812.349.3443 or feel free to send an email requesting one 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.

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.