Recycling is an important step towards making Indianapolis more sustainable. It diverts waste from the landfill, reduces energy use and conserves natural resources. Once picked up from a recycling center, the recyclable materials get shredded, ground, crushed or melted and processed into new products. Today, many items can be recycled including plastic and glass bottles, metal cans, paper, electronics, automobiles, clothing and more. In 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that each American produces 4.62 pounds of waste per day, adding up to almost a ton of trash a year per person.
Almost 60% of would-be waste materials are accepted in Indianapolis's recycling programs. You can do your part by participating in one or more of the City’s recycling programs.
Current Indianapolis recycling programs:Residential Drop-off Curbside RecyclingPedestrian Recycling Receptacles eCycle