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Who do I contact if I have questions about recycling?
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Contact Public Works at 309-434-2225 or 309-434-CART.
Do I need to separate the items in my recycling bin?
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No. The City of Bloomington participates in single stream recycling.
What is considered a recyclable?
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Please refer here for a complete listing of what can and cannot be recycled.
If my cart is stolen or broken who should I contact?
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Contact Public Works at 309-434-2225 or 309-434-CART.
Where do I place my container to be picked up on my recycling day?
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The cart should be placed in the parkway facing forward and away from obstructions.
Can I store my container on the outside of my garage?
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Yes. The cart may be stored outside of the garage.
How big is the cart? Do I get to choose the size I want?
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95 gallon is the standard size. There is also a 65 gallon option. You may choose what size you prefer upon registration.  Current participants in the curbside recycle program will automatically receive a 95 gallon cart, unless you specify a 65 gallon cart.
Does every household in Bloomington qualify for the curbside recycling program?
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No. You must be in the refuse billing program.
Where can I take items that are recyclable but are not recyclable in the cart?
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Refer to the Ecology Action Center's website: www.ecologyactioncenter.org.
I don’t have room for the cart in my garage. Can I use a different container to hold my recycling items?
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No. The cart may be stored outside as long as it is not visible from the street.
Does the recycling cart belong to me?
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No. The cart is property of the City of Bloomington.
If I move, should I take the recycling cart with me?
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No. Each cart is specific to each property and must be left there.
I recently moved and have lots of cardboard boxes and they will not all fit in my cart. What can I do with them?
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You may cut them down and place them in your cart. Or you may take them to any of the drop off bins around town.
How do I get a recycling cart?
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Call into Public Works (309-434-2225 or 309-434-CART).
What do I do with my old recycle bins?
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You may use the old blue recycle bins for your personal use or drop them off at the City drop-off facility located at 402 S East St.  They cannot be placed out for collection, if they are they will be recycled.
Can I have more than one recycling cart?
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Each participant will receive 1 cart provided by the City of Bloomington. A second cart may be purchased by the participant for $60.00.