Indy Moving Forward Towards a More Sustainable Future

Indy Moving Forward Towards a More Sustainable Future

Posted by: Sierra Troitsky on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 6:00:00 am

Indianapolis is the largest city in the United States without a universal curbside recycling program. Indy — the nation's 14th largest city — is the biggest municipality without a curbside recycling program serving every household. And only two of the top 50 cities — Detroit and New Orleans — recycle slightly less than Indianapolis.

The city has pledged to change that by 2025 in its Thrive Indianapolis Plan. The recycling rate in Indy is just 4.3 percent, compared to the national average of 34 percent. The state goal in Indiana is 50 percent.

Responding to a 2016 survey by the city's Office of Sustainability, 91 percent of residents asked agreed that recycling is important. If you don’t participate in the curb side recycling program, you can still recycle by dropping off recyclable items free of charge at several different locations in Indianapolis and Marion County.

Each large green container accepts:

  • All colors of glass
  • No. 1 – No. 7 plastic containers (except Styrofoam)
  • Aluminum, tin, and steel beverage and food cans
  • Newspapers, cardboard, and magazines
  • Plastic grocery bags
    Remove all recyclables from trash bags before depositing them into the drop-off containers.

Drop-off locations


  • Kroger (86th and Township Line), 2550 Lake Circle Dr.
  • Sahm Park, 6801 E. 91st St.
  • Kroger (79th and Fall Creek), 9835 Fall Creek Rd.
  • Broad Ripple Park, Evanston Street Entrance, 6350 Evanston Ave.
  • VNS/Regions Bank, 4701 N Keystone Ave.
  • Kroger (W. 71st and Georgetown), 5025 W. 71st St.


  • Southwestway Park, 8400 S. Mann Rd.
  • Beck Service Center, 6025 Madison Ave.
  • Garfield Park, 2345 Pagoda Dr.
  • Kroger (Franklin and Southport), 8130 E. Southport Rd.
  • Kroger (Emerson and County Line), 8745 S. Emerson Ave.


  • John Marshall Community High School, 10101 E. 38th St.
  • Kroger (Washington Square Mall), 10450 E Washington St.
  • Brookside Park, 3500 Brookside Parkway S. Dr.
  • Kroger (Pendleton Pike and Sunnyside), 11101 Pendleton Pike
  • Irvington Plaza, 6243 E. Washington St.
  • Kroger (E. 71st and Binford), 5810 E. 71st St. Rear of the store, access via east lot


  • Kroger (Rockville and Country Club roads) – 8150 Rockville: Rear of the store, northeast corner
  • Rhodius Park, 1720 W. Wilkins St.


  • Old City Hall (N. Parking Lot), 202 N. Alabama St.

More information can be found here.


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