Republic Curbside Recycling


What’s the deal with the curbside recycling rate hike? I’m hearing a lot of people say they are going to cancel. What’s up? -- Mike


It seems like recycling drama keeps coming up almost like it’s being…well…recycled. The latest is that Republic Services has increased their rate to up to $99/year (rates vary based on your location). Here’s what I know:

Republic’s contract with The City of Indianapolis sets a maximum rate that Republic can charge residents for curbside recycling services. For 2018, the max rate is $8.25/month. To date, Republic has not charged the max rate, but they will start doing so now. From what I understand, this was a corporate decision by Republic Services and they weren’t exactly forthcoming with The City, local recycling advocates, nor customers. But, that’s neither here nor there.

You have options:

  1. Keep your household curbside recycling service and pay the increased rate. Or sign up now! You know, if more households enroll, the process becomes more efficient for Republic and maybe they wouldn’t need to increase their rates.

  2. If you feel like you need to cancel your service, the best alternative is to use the City Recycling Drop-Off Bins. These bins accept glass, plastics #1-7 (no foam), aluminum, tin, steel, newspapers, cardboard, magazines and plastic bags. RecycleForce [] will also take your household recyclables.

  3. If you still want to have curbside recycling, but feel you can’t afford it, ask a neighbor if they’d like to bin-share.

FYI – the max rate for 2019 is $8.50/month or $102/year. It’s not a given that Republic will increase their rates again next year, but know that it is possible.

The Director of the Office of Sustainability says, “…the best way to reduce waste is to lower consumption and refuse unnecessary materials such as single-use plastics and over-packaged goods.” I couldn't have said it better myself, Katie! Reduce and reuse come first in the 3 R’s mantra.

Knowing that we’re probably still a ways out from recycling for all (though it’s still the ultimate goal), Indiana Recycling Coalition believes that an investment in education and drop-off location improvements will help keep Indianapolis pointed in the right direction. In the meantime, they will continue to advocate for “equitable and accessible” recycling for the communities they serve.

Piece out,


Renee Sweany is NUVO's green living advice blogger.

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