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The City of Bloomington Public Works Department regularly collects solid waste at the curbside. Garbage is collected every week, recycling is collected every other week, and brush is collected every other week alternating with recycling. Leaves are normally picked up as part of brush, but Public Works also does a fall leaf collection.

Free bulk waste collection occurs each spring and fall. Those who did not place items at the curb by the deadline for the spring or fall collection have the option of taking items to the Citizen Convenience Center at no additional charge or placing the items at the curb, which will be picked up at a cost of $25 per bucket (about 2.5 cubic yards) on the same week as brush collection. The only holiday that collection does not take place is Christmas Day. Did we miss a pickup? Please click here to report it on MyBloomington.

To view your collection schedule, you have three options:

For more details on each solid waste type, please choose one of the options below.

Garbage Collection
All residential properties that participate in the Solid Waste Program should have a garbage cart with a monthly cart fee. However, if you would like to order a new garbage cart or switch sizes, please contact Public Works at 309-434-2225. If switching from a smaller cart to a larger cart, a fee will apply.

Garbage Restrictions
No liquids of any type including but not limited to paint, varnish, stain, other paint-like materials, oils, or chemicals may be mixed with garbage. Electronic devices are also not allowed. Additional restrictions may apply. 

For information on how to dispose of specific items, visit the Recycle Coach page, download the Recycle Coach app available on the App Store and Google Play, or contact Public Works at 309-434-2225.

Needle disposal: In order to provide safety for our refuse workers and to prevent inappropriate use of needles, the City requires that prior to placing needles in a sealed coffee can or laundry detergent container the end should be broken off from the dispenser unit. The sealed container that the broken needle has been placed in should be labeled “SHARPS” and placed inside your garbage cart.

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 Citizen Convenience Center, but the same rules apply.

Multi-Family Homes and Cart-Sharing
Landlords may want to contact their tenants and work on logistical issues and a system of cart-sharing. While a cart-sharing system may be worked out among the owner and tenants, every apartment unit is treated and billed by the City as an individual customer.

Landlords and property managers may enroll in the City's formal cart-sharing program. Under City cart sharing, the landlord can order up to one large (95-gallon) cart for every two apartment units. A landlord can bundle multiple buildings in the cart-sharing agreement if the buildings are on the same parcel or if the buildings are on adjacent lots with no street dividing them. Click here for the application form. Applications are subject to approval by the Public Works Director of Bloomington.

Under cart sharing, every tenant is charged the lowest rate on the City's rate schedule. If the landlord pays the solid waste fee, which is included on water bills, the landlord will be charged the minimum fee per unit.
Recycling Collection
Recycling collection is included in the monthly cart fee. All residential properties that participate in the Solid Waste Program should have a recycle cart. However, if you would like to order a new recycle cart or additional recycle carts (at no extra cost), please contact Public Works at 309-434-2225

Recycle Restrictions
Below is a list of acceptable and unacceptable items for recycle disposal. For information on how to dispose of specific items, visit the Recycle Coach page, download the Recycle Coach app available on the App Store and Google Play, or contact Public Works at: 309-434-2225.
 Acceptable Items  Unacceptable Items
Mixed Paper (newspaper, advertising inserts, junk
mail, paper egg cartons, telephone books, gift
wrap, magazines, catalogs)
#6 Plastics Including Styrofoam and plastic egg
cartons. This number can be found on the
bottom of bottles and containers.
Cardboard & Paperboard (cereal boxes, frozen
food boxes, tissue boxes)
Plastic Bags (grocery, bread, and dry cleaning
bags)
Books (remove hardcovers)  Plastic toys
Glass Bottles & Jars (clear, brown, blue, or green) Ceramic Mugs, Cookware, or Dishes
Aluminum, Tin, & Steel Cans (disposable pans,
empty aerosol cans) Aluminum Foil & Tins
Mirrors, Windows, or Drinking Glasses
Plastic Bottles & Containers (water and soda
bottles, milk and juice jugs, detergent bottles,
plastic tubs and jars. These include numbered
plastics: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, & #7 (these numbers
can be found on the bottom of bottles and
containers.)
Motor Oil Containers
  Aerosol cans that held spray paint or hazardous
materials
  Vinyl Tubes (Toothpaste Tubes)
  Soiled Paper Towels or Napkins
  Building Materials, Scrap Metal
  Garbage, Food Scraps, or Yard Waste
  Hazardous Waste, Hypodermic Needles, or
Medical Waste
  Electronics or Light Bulbs

Large Cardboard Box Disposal: The City prefers that cardboard boxes be recycled. However, for non-recyclers, here is the rule for large boxes. Boxes must be broken down and cut into pieces no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet. Put the cardboard pieces in your garbage cart only if you are still able to close the lid. If you cannot close the lid, leave the box pieces in a neat pile next to your cart. Or, take them directly to Midwest Fiber in Normal or the Public Works drop-off facility behind the Bloomington Public Library on East Street.

Your Cart at the Curb
Garbage and recycling carts may be placed out for collection at the curb, but NOT in the street, no earlier than 2:00 p.m. on the day prior to scheduled collection, and no later than 6:00 a.m. on the day of the collection. Emptied carts must be removed from the curb no later than 9:00 a.m. on the day following collection.  Below are the rules for placing garbage and recycle carts at the curb. Please review them carefully to ensure that your garbage and recycling carts are collected.

1. The cart handle faces in toward the house. The cart handle and the wheels of the cart should face in, away from the street. On the cart lid, note that there are arrows. When placing the cart for collection at the curb, arrows should point to the street.

2. Proper clearance. Please place the cart at least 4 feet from any tree, pole, solid waste cart, mailbox, fire hydrant, or other object; and at least 10 feet away from any cars parked  in the street. If cars park along your street during the day, you may want to leave your cart on your driveway apron instead of the grassy areas along the curb. The automated truck needs the clearance space in order to grab the sides of the cart.

3. The lid must be closed to prevent damage to the cart during pickup and to prevent spillage. An overloaded cart, with a lid fully or partially opened, will not get picked up.

 

4. Do not lean anything against the container. This would prevent the automated trucks from lifting the cart.

5. If cars park along your street during the day, you may want to leave your cart on your driveway apron instead of the grassy areas along the curb. While it will slightly inconvenience you, it will guarantee that Bloomington Public Works employees have access to your cart.

6. Black lid means garbage, blue lid means recycling: The lids of the carts are color coded to prevent confusion by residents during placement of recyclables and garbage into carts and to signal to our Public Works employees which is which as they approach in their trucks. Carts with black lids are garbage carts. Carts with blue lids are for recycling only. Household garbage placed in a recycling cart will not be collected.

7. Moving the Cart: Do not drag the cart when moving it. Instead, tilt and roll it with the lid closed.

8. Storage: Store the cart in the back yard, garage or a location not visible from the street, but do not store the cart near a fireplace, furnace, grill or other heat source.

9. Cleaning: Clean the cart periodically with water.

10. Restrictions: Do not place hot ashes, solvents, paint or other flammable liquids in the cart. Do not use the cart to hold hazardous materials such as: dead animals, chemicals, oils, liquids and medical waste (exposed needles, used bandages, etc.) Do not place bulk waste, yard waste or recycling in the garbage cart.

11. Do not allow children or pets to play in or on the cart.

Brush Collection
During free bulk waste collection periods in the spring and fall, crews will collect brush at the same time as bulk waste, not on regular free brush collection days. Regular bi-weekly free brush collection will resume after the spring and fall free bulk waste collection periods have ended. During the fall and winter, leaf collection, inclement weather, or snow plowing can also alter the brush and bulk waste collection schedule.

Brush Rules and Regulations
1. Only brush generated by the resident or homeowner will be collected by City crews. Commercial brush is not acceptable.

2. Brush and landscape waste will only be collected if it is loose or in a garbage can in the parkway (the area between sidewalk and curb). Crews will not collect brush or landscape waste stored in plastic bags, boxes, yard bags, or other unapproved containers.

3. 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. 

Brush Additional Info
Below is a list of acceptable and unacceptable items for brush disposal. For information on how to dispose of specific items, visit the Recycle Coach page, download the Recycle Coach app available on the App Store and Google Play, or contact Public Works at: 309-434-2225.
 acceptable items  unacceptable items
Yard rehabilitation waste (not including sod, dirt,
concrete, or rock) (see below)
Liquids (such as paint, varnish, stain, paint
materials, oils, or chemicals)
Trees, shrubs, and bushes Electronics (see below for appliances)
Garden trimmings* (such as flowers, plants, fruit
trimmings, and vegetable trimmings)
Food Waste

*Grass and Thatch Clippings: These items are not collected by City crews and may not be mixed with brush or bulk waste placed out for collection by City crews. Grass and thatch clippings may be brought by the resident to the City drop-off facility for disposal on trailers but thatch or grass must be containerized. Residents are responsible for placing their own grass and thatch clippings directly into the truck as directed by the City employee on-site. Grass and thatch clippings may not be placed in the street.

Bulk Waste Collection
Bulk waste is collected as part of the City of Bloomington's Solid Waste Program. Free Bulk waste collection occurs each spring and fall. Those who did not place items at the curb by the deadline for the spring or fall collection have the option of taking items to the Citizen Convenience Center at no additional charge or placing the items at the curb, which will be picked up the same week as brush at a cost of $25 per bucket (about 2.5 cubic yards).

Bulk Waste Rules and Regulations
1. If possible, bulk waste items should be broken down and placed in a garbage collection cart.

2. Only bulk waste generated by the resident or homeowner will be collected by City crews.

3. Commercial bulk waste is not acceptable.

4. If bulk items are placed in the parkway, they will be collected by the City and charged based on the material and size of the job plus the cost of any fines.

5. 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.

6. 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 Recycle Coach page, download the Recycle Coach app available on the App Store and Google Play, or contact Public Works at: 309-434-2225.
 acceptable items  unacceptable items
Furniture Liquids (such as paint, varnish, stain, paint
materials, oils, or chemicals)
Items of waste generated by cleaning out a house
(other than food waste)
Electronics (see below for appliances)
Garage, basement, interior, and exterior
remodeling debris (permit may be required)
Food waste

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.

Leaf Collection
Leaves are collected year-round as part of the City of Bloomington's Solid Waste Program. During the regular leaf collection season, (late fall) leaves are collected by both vacuum machines and bulk waste crews. Public Works uses bulk waste crews to collect leaves after regular leaf collection season.  If leaves fall in a short time frame or if snow plowing is required, then leaf collection may be delayed. For more information, please contact Public Works at 309-434-2225.

Leaves at the Curb
Leaves should be raked into long rows along the parkway (the area between the sidewalk and the street) or placed out for collection in metal or plastic containers with handles (see below). If you prefer to have a lid on the can, it must be clearly marked as leaves.

Leaves in containers: Leaves may be placed in containers, so long as they are not larger than 33 gallon and not heavier than 35 lbs with leaves inside. During the primary collection seasons, leaves will NOT be collected in bags of any type. Leaves must not have trash, twigs, or garbage mixed in them and may not be placed out for collection in the street. Items placed in the street are the liability of the homeowner. Children sometimes play in the leaves, wet leaves could cause an accident or wash into the sewer system causing potential sewer back up into homes in the area.

Keeping Storm Sewer Inlets Clear of Leaves
Obviously, clogged inlets pose a challenge, particularly in the autumn, as debris falls into and blows into storm drains along 320 centerline miles of road. The problem gets attacked on three fronts: 

1. The Streets & Sewers Division of Public Works sends out crews to clean storm inlets.

2. The Solid Waste Division of Public Works sweeps over them as part of the street sweeping process.

3. Citizens pitch in by refraining from raking into the street. During the leaf season, leaves should be left in a row along the parkway next to the street. Also, residents clear out drains themselves. The City appreciates the effort. Given our staffing level and other needs for work, keeping up on sewer inlet work is a massive task.
Citizen Convenience Center
The Citizen Convenience Center enables people who participate in the Solid Waste Program to bring their items to a central location for processing, rather than waiting for collection. This service is provided at no additional charge to program participants.

Items are not allowed if they are generated by contractors or other workers for hire or barter. To use the facility, Solid Waste Program users should bring proof of residence, such as a driver’s license, state-issued ID, or a utility bill addressed to him or her. Users are responsible for the unloading of their own materials into the appropriate locations as directed by the City employee on-site. This facility is located at 402 S. East St. (on the corner of East and Jackson, south of the Bloomington Public Library).

Directions
From Main Street and Center Street, take Olive Street eastbound. Go right (south) at the intersection after City Hall. As you go south, the Bloomington Public Library will be on your left. City Hall and the Bloomington Police Station will be on your right. The Citizen Convenience Center will be on your left just after you pass the library.
 Hours of Operation
DATE MONDAY - FRIDAY 
 SATURDAY
 January 14, 2019 to March 17, 2019 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM*   7:00 AM to 3:00 PM* 
 Beginning March 18, 2019 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM*   7:00 AM to 3:00 PM*
*Entrance gates close 15 minutes early.
The Citizen Convenience Center is closed on Sundays and municipal holidays.

Rules and Regulations
There is no limit on bulk waste, brush, or landscape waste when the work was completed by the resident. Businesses, contractors, persons for hire, private organizations, and not-for-profit organizations are NOT permitted to use the Citizen Convenience Center. Only debris generated from residences within the City of Bloomington that are participating in the Solid Waste Program will be accepted.

For information on how to dispose of specific items, visit the Recycle Coach page, download the Recycle Coach app available on the App Store and Google Play, or contact Public Works at: 309-434-2225.

 Acceptable items  Unacceptable items
Furniture Liquids (such as paint, varnish, stain, paint
materials, oils, or chemicals) 
Items of waste generated by cleaning out a house
(other than food waste)
Electronics
Garage, basement, interior, and exterior remodeling
debris
Tires
Yard rehabilitation waste Automobile batteries
Trees Fluids of any kind
Bushes Household garbage (food waste or
containers)
Garden trimmings (such as flowers, plants, fruit
trimmings, and vegetable trimmings)
Hazardous waste or any debris commercially
generated such as concrete/rock
Grass clippings (must be in a container) Sod/dirt
Thatch clippings Shingles/roofing
Leaves Electronic items
Appliances  
Empty propane tanks (valves must be removed)
 
Drywall (must show Building Permit)  

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