Bulk waste is collected as part of the City of Bloomington's Solid Waste Program. The Public Works department collects bulk waste placed at the curb twice per year at no additional charge. Bulk waste collection occurs each spring and fall.
The 2018 Fall Bulk Waste Collection will take place on October 1, 2018. Additional information on the fall collection will be released closer to the start date.
Those who did not place items at the curb by the deadline have the option of taking items to the Citizen Convenience Center at no additional charge or requesting a pickup at a cost of $25 per bucket (about 2.5 cubic yards).
To request a pickup, Solid Waste Program users can use MyBloomington, available on the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, and at www.cityblm.org/mybloomington. To find the request type, search “Bulk Waste Pickup" within MyBloomington.
Bulk Waste Rules and Regulations
- If possible, bulk waste items should be broken down and placed in a garbage collection cart.
- Only bulk waste generated by the resident or homeowner will be collected by City crews.
Commercial bulk waste is not acceptable.
- If bulk items remain in the parkway and are not removed within two weeks, they will be collected by the
City and charged based on the material and size of the job plus the cost of any fines.
- Any bulk items placed in the street will be collected. The Solid Waste program user will be billed for the entire cost of the pickup plus the cost of any fines.
- Bulk waste will only be collected if it is in the parkway (area between sidewalk and curb). Crews will not collect bulk waste stored in plastic bags, boxes, yard bags or other unapproved containers.
- Sod, dirt, concrete, rock, or shingles can be collected curbside, but Solid Waste Program users must make arrangements with Public Works. The collection charge for sod, dirt, concrete, or shingles will depend on
the material and size of the job. Call Public Works at (309) 434-2225 for an estimate and to arrange for collection. The charge is $50 for 35 pounds or less and $100 per bucket (about 2.5 cubic yards) for more than 35 pounds.
Bulk Waste Additional Info
Below is a list of acceptable and unacceptable items for bulk waste disposal. For information on how to dispose of specific items, visit the RecycleCoach page, download the RecycleCoach app available on the App Store and Google Play, or contact Public Works at: 309-434-2225.
Appliances are collected by a private company, but the company is dispatched through Public Works. Call Public Works at (309) 434-2225 for an estimate and to arrange for collection. Alternatively, Solid Waste Program users may drop appliances off at the Public Works Drop-off Facility. Appliances include stoves, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, microwaves, dehumidifiers, air conditioners and water heaters. Refrigerators and/or freezers must have doors removed and cannot contain food or bulk waste.
Large cardboard boxes should be placed in the recycle cart and broken down and cut into pieces no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet. The lid must be able to close if the pieces are placed in the recycle cart. If the lid will not close, leave the box pieces in a neat pile next to the recycle cart. If the cardboard is not recyclable (i.e. if it is wet, has paint on it, or is moldy), the same rules apply, but it should be placed in or near the garbage cart. Users may also use the Drop-off Facility, but the same rules apply.