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Bloomington Trash Transition Timeline For New Carts, Refund Dates

The new trash pickup system will utilize trucks with mechanized arms.

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The new trash pickup system will utilize trucks with mechanized arms.

Bloomington Utilities officials begin distributing new trash and recycling bins to residents on Monday, in advance of the transition to automated mechanical arm trucks next month.

City officials say the new system will reduce the number of sanitation workers, but will also cut down on injuries and worker’s compensation claims.

Sanitation customers will continue to use trash stickers for individual bins or bags until Oct. 2. The move from stickers to a monthly fee system will take place over the next few weeks:

Sep. 11 – 28: New waste and recycling carts delivered to customers.

Oct. 2: New system launches, customers use new bins.

Oct. 9 – 19: Sanitation crews will pick up previous, unwanted bins placed on the curb next to new bins.

Oct. 16 – 28: Customers can get a refund for any unused trash stickers:

  • At City Hall on Oct. 16-18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • At the Bloomington Farmer’s Market on Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Trash sticker refunds will be issued in cash if less than $20, or by electronic funds transfer if for $20 or more.

The monthly trash fee will be added to customers’ water bill based on the size bin each customer chose. Recycling service will move from bi-weekly to weekly, and will continue to be free.

A 35-gallon trash bin will cost $6.22 a month, a 64-gallon bin will cost $10.52 and a 96-gallon cart will cost $16.60 a month.

For more information about the modernization plan and sticker refunds, check the city website.

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