Details on acceptable items for recycling at our individual facilities.
For directions and hours for our individual facilities, click here.
South Walnut Recycling Center
South Walnut accepts most of the materials collected at the Rural Recycling Centers, but also provides additional recycling options.
Click here for more info on this location.
See below for more information on Rural Recycling options.
Accepted items: Aluminum and steel cans, clean scrap metal, white paper, mixed paper, wrapping paper, junk mail, magazines and catalogs, paper sacks, phone books, newspaper, cardboard/paperboard, plastics (#1-7), clear, brown, blue, and green glass bottles and jars, clean plastic sacks, shredded paper, CDs, DVDs, hard plastic cases of: CDs, DVDs and audio cassettes, books (paperback & hardcover), and styrofoam packing peanuts (boxed or bagged). Styrofoam (if #6).
Non-Accepted items: No block styrofoam (except for #6), tires.
Scrap metal must be fully drained of fluids and not attached to other materials (i.e. auto parts, gutters, signs, bike frames). Accepted items include steel, iron & aluminum scrap, dishwashers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, grills(no tanks), tire rims(no tires), building materials, carpet/flooring. Please do NOT include Freon appliances.
Accepted items: Freon appliances, paint, gasoline, batteries, fertilizers, cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, oil, antifreeze, pool chemicals, medications, fluorescent lamps and much more. Drop-off services are free for households only; businesses must pay a fee. Be careful when handling hazardous wastes.
*(fee for latex paint and Freon. Click here for more information on Hazardous Materials)
Non-Accepted items: asbestos, radioactive materials or explosives (fireworks, ammunition, flares, black powder) Remember, if you need to pick up some house paint, cleaning supplies, automobile fluids, or lawn & garden chemicals, you may do so while you're here, depending on availability.
Freon Appliance Recycling
Freon appliance recycling is available for items such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers. Bring your appliance to the Hazardous Materials Facility at 3400 South Walnut Street. The appliances are then picked up by a company who safely recovers the Freon and recycles the unit. When Freon containing appliances are disposed of properly, it keeps our environment healthy by keeping chemical contaminants out of our air, soil, and water. There is a $20 fee for recycling freon.
We accept any item that requires an electrical cord or a battery to operate.
Electronics are accepted at ALL District Recycling Centers.
Items with a screen are accepted at the South Walnut Recycling Center for a $20 fee.
Yard Waste Disposal
COMPOST FACILITIES (leaves, grass, small limbs):
Good Earth Compost
640 Empire Mill Road, Bloomington
7333 W. Gifford Road, Bloomington
MULCHING FACILITIES (woody debris):
JR Ellington Tree Expert
680 W. That Road, Bloomington
Walnut Grove Nursery
8348 E. State Road 45, Unionville
Please contact these facilities to get rates, hours of operations and confirmation of exactly what materials will and will not be accepted. If there are other facilities accepting these types of material that we have not listed, please contact the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District at 3400 S. Walnut St., Bloomington, In 47401, 812.349.2020, or click here to send us an email, to make us aware of your facility so that we may include you in our referral list.
Rural Recycling Centers
Accepted items: Aluminum and steel cans, clean scrap metal, white, mixed paper, wrapping paper, junkmail, magazines and catalogs, paper sacks, phone books, newspaper, cardboard/paperboard, plastics 1-7, clear, brown, blue, and green glass bottles and jars, clean plastic sacks, shredded paper, batteries, antifreeze, and motor oil.
Non-Accepted items: No block Styrofoam (except for #6) or tires accepted at any recycling center location. No Styrofoam peanuts (boxed or bagged). No paint and hazardous materials. Drop off these items at Central Recycling’s Hazardous Materials Facility.
NOTE: Scrap metal must be fully drained of fluids and not attached to other materials (i.e. auto parts, gutters, signs, bike frames). Accepted items include steel, iron & aluminum scrap, dishwashers, dryers, stoves, microwaves. Please do NOT include Freon appliances.