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How does trash collection work?

July 14, 2020 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Each residence has a 96-gallon trash container issued by the City. The container should be marked in some way with your address or name. Containers are emptied once a week each Thursday and must be placed outside by 7:00 a.m. on pickup days. All trash must be placed inside the container.

If your container is missing or stolen, report it to the police by calling (317) 327-3811. They will issue an "incident number" so you can call (317) 327-4MAC to be issued a replacement. Also, if you record the serial number marked on your trash container, this will speed up the replacement process.

Each household can have up to two of the 96-gallon containers. The first one is provided by the City and a second can be obtained for $45.00 by calling (317) 327-4MAC.

Businesses and apartment buildings with more than four units do not get City trash pick up and must provide their own dumpsters.

Illegal dumping can be reported to the police by calling (317) 327-3811. For even more about trash, click here.

Heavy Trash Pickup

According to the City, heavy trash is picked up once a month, on the fourth Thursday. "Heavy trash includes household furnishings, appliances, and bicycles. Swingsets are OK, but please disassemble them first. You also can include tires with rims. Refrigerators, air conditioners, and other items containing freon require special handling. Please call (317) 327-4MAC for more information."

Household Hazardous Waste

Items such as automotive products and fluids, car and household batteries, cleaners and polishers, paints and solvents, swimming pool and other chemicals, herbicides and pesticides, may be dropped off at any of the four ToxDrop site locations in the City.

The closest ToxDrop location is on the south side: Perry Township Government Center, 4925 S. Shelby Street, which is open on the second Saturday of each month between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The ToxDrop sites are closed on the fourth and fifth Saturday of each month and all major holidays. 

Residents are limited to disposing of twenty (20) gallons of liquid waste or seventy-five (75) pounds of solid waste per visit. Call (317) 327-4TOX to learn how to safely dispose of hazardous waste that is not included in this list or to see if an item will be accepted.


For information on recycling, refer to the City website. Curbside recycling is offered at $6.00 a month through Republic Waste Services. There are also locations for Drop-Off Recycling.

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