Yard waste will be collected every other week between April and December only (to find your specific yard waste collection days, please see your trash magnet or visit the myBloomingtonsite.) Billing for yard waste is also directly included in the customer’s CBU bill. The fee is $1 per bag or container.
Acceptable yard waste for collection includes:
Brown paper bags (purchased at local grocery or hardware stores; from 10/10/22-10/31/22 get up to 10x free bags at from City of Bloomington Fire Stations 1, 3, 4, or 5 - see a map of fire stations here.)
Plastic or metal waste containers (35 gallon maximum)
Sticks bundled 48 inches by 24 inches or less
All packaged yard waste must weigh less than 40 pounds
Yard waste should be placed at the curb without placing it into a trash or recycling cart (provided that it's placed into paper bags or bundles, as mentioned above). Additionally, the City always encourages residents to compost their yard waste.
Yard Waste Carts Available for Purchase (Optional)
A 64-gallon cart dedicated to residential yard waste collection is an available option to any resident. It is exactly like a normal 64 gallon trash or recycling cart (same dimensions, has wheels and a green lid) and can be purchased upon request for a one-time charge of $70, which includes Indiana sales tax.
Although not required for yard waste collection, the new cart option has several benefits for residents. It eliminates the need to purchase brown paper yard bags or to bundle up sticks, brush, or limbs. At nearly double the capacity of the 35-gallon plastic or metal waste containers currently allowed for yard waste collection, the wheeled 64-gallon carts can make yard cleanup more efficient.
There is no weight limit on the carts; the only requirement is that the lid be fully closed when the cart is placed at the curb. The cost per pickup of the cart will remain $1 for each collection and that charge will automatically be placed on the resident’s CBU bill.
If you are interested in purchasing a yard waste cart, please contact the Sanitation Division at (812) 349-3443.