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Monroe County, Indiana
Solid Waste Management District

Mission Statement


In 1990, Solid Waste Management Districts were formed by HB 1240 as a separate local governmental entity to manage solid waste in Indiana. The mission of the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District (District) is to secure a healthier environment in south-central Indiana, by eliminating waste going to final disposal through reduction of source materials, reuse of reusable materials, and recovery of recyclable materials and by offering educational resources and programs; and by promoting sustainable materials practices throughout our communities. The District achieves this mission by working with all MonroeCounty residents, businesses, and community organizations.

Declaración de Misión


En 1990, Distritos del Manejo de Residuos Sólidos fueron formados por HB 1 240 como una entidad del gobierno local independiente para gestionar los residuos sólidos en Indiana. La misión de los Distritos del Manejo de Residuos Sólidos del Condado de Monroe es asegurar un ambiente saludable en el centro-sur de Indiana, eliminando los residuos destinados a su eliminación final a través de la reducción de materiales básicos, la reutilización de materiales reutilizables, y la recuperación de materiales reciclables y ofrecer recursos y programas educativos; y promociona prácticas sostenibles de materiales a través de nuestras comunidades. El Distrito consigue esta misión, trabajando con todos los residentes del condado de Monroe, empresas y organizaciones de la comunidad.



South Walnut Center

Southside Center

Northeast Center

Westside Center

Ellettsville Center

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2021 Holiday Schedule


Check here to find out about holiday closings throughout the year.
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The Administration Office will be CLOSED in observance of the following holidays unless otherwise noted:
New Year's Day: Friday, January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 18
President’s Day: Monday, February 15
Spring Holiday: Friday. April 2
Memorial Day: Monday, May 31
Independence Day: Monday, July 5
Labor Day: Monday, September 6
Fall Holiday: Monday, October 11
Veterans’ Day: Thursday, November 11
Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 25
Thanksgiving Holiday: Friday, November 26
Christmas Eve: Friday, December 24
New Year's Eve: Friday, December 31

The South Walnut Recycling Center and the Hazardous Materials Facility will be CLOSED in observance of the following holidays:
New Year's Day: Friday, January 1
Spring Holiday: Friday, April 2
Independence Day: Saturday, July 3
Veterans’ Day Thursday, November 11
Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 25
Thanksgiving Holiday: Friday, November 26
Christmas Eve: Friday, Dec. 24
Christmas Day: Saturday, Dec. 25
New Year's Eve: Friday, Dec 31
New Year's Day: Saturday, Jan 1, 2022

The Rural Recycling Centers will be CLOSED in observance of the following holidays:
New Year's Day: Friday, January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 18
President’s Day: Monday, February 15
Spring Holiday: Friday, April 2
Memorial Day: Monday, May 31
Independence Day: Monday, July 5
Labor Day: Monday, September 6
Fall Holiday: Monday, October 11
Thanksgiving Holiday: Friday, November 26
Christmas Eve: Friday, December 24
Christmas Day: Saturday, December 25
New Year's Eve: Friday, Dec 31
New Year's Day: Saturday, January 1, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions


Does the District have a Solid Waste Management Plan?

The District developed a 20-year plan when it was established that was adopted in 1993, it can be viewed HERE.

Is there an alternative drop off sites for trash?

Yes. Hoosier Disposal at 6660 South Hwy 37 is an alternative site. You can call them at 812.824.7998 

Do you rent dumpsters?

No, we currently don't rent dumpsters. You may rent one through one of the local private trash removal companies.

How do I adopt a road?

Click here for Adopt-A-Road information, or call us at 812.349.2016 or 812.349.2020.

How do I get to the District facilities?

Click here for maps and directions, or call us at 812.349.2020

How do I make a financial contribution to the District?

Call us at 812.349.2020 or you can send your donation to:
The District
3400 South Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN 47401


How do I properly dispose of a Freon-containing appliance?

Call us at 812.349.2020 or click here for more information.

How do I volunteer to work at the District?

Call us at 812.349.2020 or click here to send us an email.

What are the hours of our facilities?

Click here to see the hours of all facilities.

What do I do with my old, unneeded, unwanted or broken air conditioner, appliance, book, de-humidifier, electronic item, freezer, paint, refrigerator, tire, toner cartridge?

Call us at 812.349.2020

When are the Recycling Centers open?

Click here for Recycling Center hours and locations.

Where can I take reusable building materials?
And where can I shop for reused and salvaged household items and building supplies?

Call ReStore at 812.331.2660

Where do I get red recycling bins?

If you live within Bloomington city limits, call the City of Bloomington at 812.349.3443.

Asbestos Disposal FAQ's

For more information, please call 812.349.2848 or click here to send an email.


Contact the Special Waste division at Hoosier Disposal by calling 812.824.7998 for asbestos disposal. As of 2006 Hoosier Disposal accepts asbestos materials from residents. They take a container to Republic Services landfill at Sycamore Ridge. Residents cannot bring asbestos materials directly to the Transfer Station on 37.

Asbestos is the common name for a group of naturally occurring silicate materials that separate into fibers. The fibers are fire resistant, very strong, and not easily destroyed or degraded by natural processes. Asbestos was used for many years in home building products.

Concern for asbestos contamination within the home is due to research linking lung cancer and other lung diseases to the inhalation of asbestos fibers.

Although the health hazards of low-level asbestos exposure are still undetermined, it is prudent to reduce exposure as much as possible.


A health threat exists only when asbestos fibers are released from the product and float freely in the air where they can be inhaled. The fibers are so tiny that they cannot be seen. They may pass through the filter of normal vacuum cleaners. The more crumbly the material, the more likely it will pose a significant risk.

IT MAY BE BETTER TO LEAVE ASBESTOS THAT IS IN GOOD CONDITION ALONE. Improper removal of asbestos can create a health risk because the fibers are released into the air. A licensed asbestos removal contractor is highly recommended if it is necessary to handle the material.


The following areas of the home are most likely to have asbestos in them:

FIREPLACES. Artificial ashes and some artificial logs sold for gas fireplaces were 90 to 100 percent asbestos. The ash is very dangerous and this product was banned in 1978, but may still be in some homes.

HEATING SYSTEMS. Pipes, metal heating ducts, and boilers may be wrapped in asbestos insulation. This kind of insulation can release asbestos if damaged or if improperly removed. Asbestos tape or paper may be inside heater registers. Blowing air through the system can cause the surface to release fibers. The furnace may be sitting on an asbestos pad. If it is damaged or deteriorating it should be removed. Repairs to heating systems that contain asbestos materials should be done by a licensed contractor.

BASEMENTS OR CRAWL SPACES. These areas may become contaminated if material from pipes or heat ducts falls on the floor. Sweeping or walking in it can produce airborne fibers and thus create a hazard.

FUSE BOXES AND GASKETS. Old fuse boxes and the door gaskets of some wood-burning stoves, older furnaces, and hobby kilns may contain asbestos. Contact the manufacturer if you suspect asbestos. Be sure to include such information as serial and model numbers.

FLOORS. Asbestos backed linoleum vinyl floor tiles can release asbestos if broken, pulled up or sanded. It is better to cover an old floor with particle board or plywood before installing a new one. An undisturbed floor is not a hazard.

CEILINGS. Textured acoustical ceiling tiles are generally NOT a problem as long as they are not damaged. Try not to disturb the ceiling. Sweeping for cobwebs or painting may release fibers. Instead, use a damp cloth and dispose of the cloth in a plastic bag.

WALLS. Homes constructed between 1930 and 1950 may contain asbestos insulation between the walls. This is a problem only if the insulation is disturbed. Use a trained contractor if undertaking major renovations.

ROOFS, SHINGLES, SIDING. Some of these products contain asbestos. Since they are outdoors, the health risk is minimal. Unless heavily worn or heavily damaged, they can be left in place.

APPLIANCES. In the past, some parts of appliances contained asbestos. Today, asbestos is used only in parts that do not release fibers during use. If you are concerned about asbestos in an appliance, do not repair it yourself. Instead, hire a trained repair contractor to know how to avoid exposure.

Aerosol Disposal FAQ's

For more information, please call 812.349.2848 or click here to send an email.


We accept both empty and full aerosol cans. Many aerosol products are used in the home - hair spray, cooking products, household cleaners and spray paint, to name just a few. If they are disposed of improperly, they can create safety and health problems.


Aerosols use liquid or gaseous propellants. Some aerosols contain organic solvents to dissolve or suspend substances.

Using an aerosol product can present a health threat. The small size of aerosol-propelled particles allows easier absorption into the lungs and bloodstream, significantly increasing the potential for harm from the active and inert product ingredients. Avoid inhaling aerosol vapors, especially if the product contains a solvent or pesticide (e.g., spray paint, carburetor cleaners, or wasp spray).

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is requiring that products containing METHYLENE CHLORIDE be labeled to warn consumers that it may pose a cancer threat.

METHYLENE CHLORIDE had been commonly found in aerosol cosmetic products - primarily hair sprays. It may also be used in paint strippers and thinners, wood stain and varnishes, spray paints and primers, spray shoe polish, household adhesives, and adhesive removers, glass frosting, and water repellents.

Products purchased before April 1988 may not have a warning label so read the product label carefully.


Household products in aerosol containers pose a safety hazard because they are pressurized. When disposed of in the trash, the containers can be punctured in the garbage truck or at the landfill, releasing the chemicals in the containers. Punctured aerosol containers can explode or catch fire causing injury to sanitation workers.


When using an aerosol, read the label and follow the directions. If you use a product containing methylene chloride, use it outdoors or under high ventilation conditions. This means that air is moving from a fan, an open window, or open door. Wear gloves and follow all the instructions.

When spraying something like paint on large items, start from the bottom and work up, as the heavy vapors settle lower.


The best option for disposal is to use the product up for its intended purpose.
As a last resort, one of the following options may work:
Donate usable products to service organizations, cleaning, and maintenance, companies, community support groups, neighbors, or friends.
Bring products to a Hazardous Material Facility.



Bring empty containers to a Hazardous Materials Facility.


If a similar product is available in a pump container, use it. More and more products that have been available as aerosol sprays are now available in pump containers. This also makes it possible to refill the pump sprayer, thereby reducing waste volumes.

Employment Opportunities

    The District is currently seeking applicants for the following positions - see the links below for the job posting and job description

    We do not currently have any job openings

    This form contains fillable fields which can be completed online and saved to be emailed to the address indicated in the employment posting or printed and submitted as indicated in the employment posting.


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