Sustainable Bulky Item Disposal Plan

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The City is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our current Curbside Cleanup program. Staff and the Sustainability Commission sought community feedback in April 2021 on a proposed plan for handling bulky items in Bloomington in a more sustainable way. Over 1,400 residents provided feedback in a survey and over 60 attended Community Listening Sessions #1 and #2. Since April 2021, Staff have reviewed the feedback, conducted additional research and developed a new proposal to incorporate what was heard. Staff have worked closely with the Sustainability Commission in the development of the new proposal and it has been presented to the Joint City Council and Sustainability Commission Solid Waste Working Groups. The updated proposal includes:

  • An every-other-year curbside cleanup with limited items accepted. Small items that can fit in a large garbage cart will no longer be accepted during the cleanup.
  • A regular monthly collection of reusable and recyclable bulky items.
  • An annual drop-off event for other recyclable bulky items, like electronics not collected during the curbside cleanup.
  • Community swap events for certain categories of items like toys and sporting goods, and gardening tools

More information about the new proposal: July 29, 2021 Joint City Council and Sustainability Commission Solid Waste Working Group Presentation


Community Listening Session

Attend a Community Listening Session to learn about the updated proposal for sustainable bulky item management in Bloomington and provide your feedback.

Tuesday, August 31, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held virtually over WebEx.

To register, click here.


Next Steps

On September 13, 2021, the updated proposal will be presented to City Council for discussion including a report on what staff heard during the August 31st Community Listening Session. On September 21, 2021, the proposal will be presented to the Sustainability Commission for their recommendation that City Council accept the new proposal. On September 27th, the proposal will be brought forward to City Council for adoption.

The City is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our current Curbside Cleanup program. Staff and the Sustainability Commission sought community feedback in April 2021 on a proposed plan for handling bulky items in Bloomington in a more sustainable way. Over 1,400 residents provided feedback in a survey and over 60 attended Community Listening Sessions #1 and #2. Since April 2021, Staff have reviewed the feedback, conducted additional research and developed a new proposal to incorporate what was heard. Staff have worked closely with the Sustainability Commission in the development of the new proposal and it has been presented to the Joint City Council and Sustainability Commission Solid Waste Working Groups. The updated proposal includes:

  • An every-other-year curbside cleanup with limited items accepted. Small items that can fit in a large garbage cart will no longer be accepted during the cleanup.
  • A regular monthly collection of reusable and recyclable bulky items.
  • An annual drop-off event for other recyclable bulky items, like electronics not collected during the curbside cleanup.
  • Community swap events for certain categories of items like toys and sporting goods, and gardening tools

More information about the new proposal: July 29, 2021 Joint City Council and Sustainability Commission Solid Waste Working Group Presentation


Community Listening Session

Attend a Community Listening Session to learn about the updated proposal for sustainable bulky item management in Bloomington and provide your feedback.

Tuesday, August 31, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held virtually over WebEx.

To register, click here.


Next Steps

On September 13, 2021, the updated proposal will be presented to City Council for discussion including a report on what staff heard during the August 31st Community Listening Session. On September 21, 2021, the proposal will be presented to the Sustainability Commission for their recommendation that City Council accept the new proposal. On September 27th, the proposal will be brought forward to City Council for adoption.

Comments on Updated Proposal - August 2021

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Since less items accepted & every other year event, i sure hope the costs go down. The year there is no pickup there should be no charge. Or allow people to opt in & pay for it like lawn recycling. Only pay if you use

Paula 7 days ago

I would like to keep the annual curb side clean up. It’s an event I look forward to and love that I can interact with people who may want to reuse what I’m getting rid of

SusieQ 12 days ago

My preference would be to have a regular monthly collection of reusable and recyclable bulky items pickup. However, not if this will incur an increase to my bill. If so keep it as it stands.

Amina Wolf 14 days ago

I would like to see the bulk pick-up in September not April

billeb46@hotmail.com 14 days ago

A lot of people do NOT have access to haul large bulky items. It would be nice to have both options. I'm sure some people would be able to drop items off.

Let's keep Bloomington a clean and junk free. Please keep this program.

SS 14 days ago

Please discontinue the whole service. I live on 110th street just before it turns into Bush Lake Road. The buisnesses close by draw people from other communities. I hear people driving by in the middle of the night dumping trash. Its not a main drag where people worry about being seen. We often get broken glass and other sharp objects in our grass, large appliances (stoves, refridges, TV's), construction waist, etc.... I feel it isnt safe to walk my dog for weeks after this event. Please discontinue the service, I will take care of my own cleanup and resent paying for others to abuse my area. Thank you

NKK about 2 months ago

Annual or Bi-Annual curbside pickup is desirable. Drive-by scrappers often find useful items that can be re-used, not disposed of. This reduces landfill disposal.

Thomas about 2 months ago

I really like the program. In our neighborhood, it's awesome to watch the people in vehicles come through and load them up with stuff we don't want, but get what they can use, or maybe even fix and sell. We both are winners!!! We get rid of stuff and they get something they want or need.

jh about 2 months ago

I would say leave it as it is, this has been a outstanding program that other cities should be doing. This just feels like you are looking for a problem to fix when there is none to start with.

WJB about 2 months ago

The more we can reuse and repurpose, the better for everyone. Thanks for listening to all these constructive ideas. Just ignore the cranky, unhelpful comments.

jeannie about 2 months ago

Give us back our rights! We as taxpaying citizens of Bloomington should have the right to select our own garbage collection company. If you want to restrict us to 4 or 5 companies to choose from we would still be able to make our own deals with our garbage company. Since the socialist society of Bloomington has ripped us of our rights, my garbage collection bill has gone up and I can't even dispose of as much as I used to.
Now you are trying to rid us of a simple and convenient way to dispose of large items, which used to be FREE to us, but now you are charging us monthly for... NO DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING! Keep our curbside cleanup as is!
Any body reading this PLEASE remember to VOTE OUT ANY INCUMBENTS! Let's take back our city!

FTP about 2 months ago

*The regular monthly collection is citizens' curbside bins?
*The annual drop-off event for bulky recyclable items (as well as the monthly bulky recyclable items) takes the place of citizens using the Henn. Co. recycling site?
*The cost of the above two services will be included in the utilities bill/an increase of how much?
*The cost will be a logical substitute for the fee charged for those items at the Henn. Co. site?

Tom Mueller about 2 months ago

This plan sounds really good. Thank you for considering ways to keep reusable and recyclable items out of landfills.

I might also add that the city could help promote initiatives such as Buy Nothing groups on Facebook where residents can share usable items with neighbors who could use them. That is already happening to a lot of "trash" on curbside clean up days anyway ... many items are getting picked up from curbs and moved to another house.

For the regular monthly collection of reusable and recyclable items, you'll need to clearly define what's reusable. Do upholstered furniture pieces with rips or stains count as reusable? Is an appliance that isn't working but would work if repaired repaired considered reusable? Also, lots of people don't know what bulky items are/aren't recyclable. Without a list, you'll get a lot of residents who won't use the monthly collections correctly.

sammy1018 about 2 months ago

This plan sounds really good. I might also add that the city could help promote initiatives such as Buy Nothing groups on Facebook where residents can share usable items with neighbors who could use them.

For the regular monthly collection of reusable and recyclable items, you'll need to clearly define what's reusable. Do upholstered furniture pieces with rips or stains count as reusable? Is an appliance that isn't working but would work if repaired repaired considered reusable? Also, lots of people don't know what bulky items are or aren't recyclable. A list will be needed.

sammy1018 about 2 months ago

Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the scheduled listening session, but after reviewing the proposed changes we feel they are a good compromise from the prior plan and would like the City Council to support the proposal. Thank you for being open and responding to the citizens.

M&P Bosacker about 2 months ago
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