Bloomington Recycling Program


Bloomington offers single-stream, curbside recycling to residents in single family and duplex homes. You may sign up for the recycling program by at the City of Bloomington website. Materials accepted in this program and examples are listed below. All materials should be cleaned and boxes flattened.

In addition, Bloomington residents may use drop-off boxes offered by the Town of Normal for recycling at various convenient locations around town open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Bloomington-Normal Residential Recycling Illustrated Flyer


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

  • Plastic bottles: #1,2,3,4,5 & 7 plastic containers include: milk, water, pop, detergent, shampoo, salad dressing bottles, etc. 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: 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: paperbacks, or hardcover books with the hard covers removed

Not Acceptable

  • Expanded foam or #6 plastic polystyrene including Styrofoam, plastic egg cartons, or clear plastic deli/bakery type containers
  • Motor oil*/insecticide/herbicide/hazardous chemical containers
  • Plastic film (no plastic bags, sleves, sheets, tarps or wrap). Plastic bags should be returned to grocery or department stores
  • Windows, mirrors, drinking glasses, dishes, soild towels or napkins
  • Gable-top containers
  • Plastic six-pack rings
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