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Bloomington Announces a Centralized Recycling Center

A new recycling facility is opening in downtown Bloomington.

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Photo: Dan Goldblatt (WFIU News)

The new partnership will allow downtown residents to recycle more easily.

The city of Bloomington is partnering with Pedal Power, a locally owned business, to provide easier access to recycling for residents without curbside pickup. The program comes at no cost to the city and is funded through the sale of collected recyclables. Pedal Power owner Chad Roeder said the site is really intended for small scale use such as pedestrians or bicyclists meaning that the size of the car allowed to drop off loads will be limited.

“I think some people’s fears are that a semi truck will show up and completely bog down the system, which I don’t think is going to happen it’s a worst case scenario,” Roeder said.

Roeder said the program targets businesses and apartments but adds that the downtown facility will be open on days when other facilities, such as the county’s recycling center, are typically closed—a fact that Roder said will increase the accessibility for all interested in recycling. Executive Director of the Solid Waste Management District Larry Barker said the new site will be all-around better for the environment.

“Instead of businesses or individuals having to drive from downtown down to South Walnut at our central station site, they can some right here to the Showers building and drop off their recyclables. So I see that as a tremendous reduction in the carbon footprint,” Barker said.

The city will host the pilot program in the back parking lot of city hall.

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