Bloomington Residential Recycling

Bloomington has a single-stream curbside recycling program for primarily single family homes. For route information call Bloomington Public Works Department at 434-2225 or visit the City of Bloomington Recycling and Garbage website for more information. The city of Bloomington now provides recycling bins. If you have not yet registered to receive a bin, you may contact the City of Bloomington Public Works Department at 434-2278, or find more information regarding bins here.

Materials do not need to be sorted or separated but must be clean and all boxes must be collapsed flat. Materials accepted in this program and examples are listed below.

Bloomington Single Stream Recycling Flyer (pdf)

Residential Recycling Items Illustrated (pdf)


*Note: All containers should be emptied of liquid before recycling

  • Plastic bottles: #1,2,3,4,5 & 7 plastic containers includes: milk, water, pop, detergent, shampoo, salad dressing bottles, etc. and 6 and 12 pack plastic ring carriers. Lids may be included; keep on the container after cleaning.
  • Grocery containers: #4 & 5 plastic resin such as margarine tubs, frozen dessert cups, six and twelve pack rings, yogurt cups, and narrow neck syrup and ketchup bottles. Lids may be included; keep on the container after cleaning.
  • Glass bottles and jars: clear, brown, green, or blue
  • Aluminum cans: also clean disposable trays, pans, and foil
  • Steel cans: Includes empty aerosol cans, beer bottle caps
  • Other: Juice boxes (no straws), gable top cartons, plastic buckets such as kitty litter containers (5 gallon size maximum)

Paper Products

  • Newspaper: newsprint and all inserts
  • Paperboard: cereal boxes, food boxes, frozen food boxes, beverage boxes, tissue boxes, and other such containers
  • Corrugated cardboard: cut down to newspaper size only
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail/envelopes
  • Telephone books
  • Computer/school paper
  • Gift wrap
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Books: paperback, or hardcover books with the hard covers removed

Not Acceptable

  • #6 plastic: polystyrene including Styrofoam and egg cartons
  • Plastic drink cups, dinnerware, and ceramics
  • Motor oil containers*
  • Plastic bags including grocery, bread and dry-clean bags, plastic-wrap
  • Flexible vinyl squeeze tubes such as toothpaste, facial cleaners, etc.
  • Windows, mirrors, drinking glasses, dishes, soiled towels or napkins

*Motor oil can be recycled at Normal’s Public Works facility.  Call 309-454-9571 for more information.

*Click here for drop box locations sponsored by the Normal Residential Recycling Program.

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