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Welcome to the Fall 2023 Go Green District Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale!

Order deadline: November 3rd

October 3, 2023
Re: Implementing Alternatives to Curbside Vacuum Leafing

The Department of Public Works Sanitation Division in collaboration with the Monroe County Solid Waste District invites residents to preorder residential compost bins. With the elimination of the curbside leaf vacuuming program in 2023, it is important to offer environmentally sustainable alternatives. Composting of organic and biodegradable materials can dramatically reduce what goes in the trash by as much as 40%. In addition it provides residents with a sustainable alternative to seasonal leaf management resulting in nutrient rich compost that can be added to gardens and flower beds.

The final cost for each container will be $64.95. Bins must be paid for in full to ensure that your order request is fulfilled. Bin pickup is tentatively scheduled for the first week of November at 320 W 8th St. For more information about composting in place and other leaf management alternatives scan the QR or visit the City of Bloomington’s leaf collection information page at
If you have additional questions regarding this program please call the Sanitation Division at (812) 349-3443, Monday – Thursday 7am-4pm.

Composting in the news

Celebrating 30 Years

Why Compost?
Foodwaste does not belong in landfills.

How do we count the whys? First, to reduce organic waste going into landfills that contribute to climate change, to save yourself money, and resources, to reduce your trash. The result—a healthier earth, no more smelly trash, free soil, and improved soil. Food waste and associated compostable waste in Monroe County municipal trash make up to 40% of the waste stream. Food waste that decomposes in a landfill, creates methane, a greenhouse gas which at most landfills is released directly into the atmosphere through vents. Methane is more potent than carbon dioxide as a warming greenhouse gas, and contributes to climate change.

Composting is easy to do and has loads of benefits. By tossing in your food scraps (veggies, grains, fruits) with an equal part of brown organics (leaves, twigs, dried grass, etc.) rich compost is created. Using compost on your yard and/garden and flowering plants returns valuable nutrients to help recharge and maintain soil quality and fertility, along with naturally fertilizing plants replacing the need for harmful chemicals. Everyone has food scraps and everyone can make a difference in reducing waste and climate change. The District is here to help you year-round if you have questions regarding the composting process. Order your choice of compost bin today and get composting! Please refer to this website for more information about backyard composting:

And more info on composting from the EPA:

Want to learn more? Check out this cool video: 

The District encourages Monroe County residents to visualize your banana peels, watermelon rinds, veggie cuttings, bread and other grains, not as garbage, but as valuable resources to be incorporated into a backyard compost system, minimizing the amount of organic materials headed to the landfill. Of the municipal waste generated in Monroe County Indiana, over 21% is food waste, and an additional 19% is other compostable materials. (Kessler Consulting waste composition study, October 2017).

Happy composting!

If you cannot compost at home, check out the District’s community food waste collection at the Northeast Recycling Center. Register with to subscribe.


"In nature there is never anything wasted. Waste from one organism is food for another. Zero waste means better overall health for everyone and a clean environment.

Let’s add composters and rain barrels to our practice of reuse and recycling.”

Elisa Pokral
Community Outreach Coordinator
Monroe County Solid Waste Management District
Bloomington, IN
Rural King

“Rural, suburban, and urban households and businesses can benefit from using both rain barrels and compost bins! One huge benefit is savings! Rain barrels reduce utility bills and compost bins provide free soil for your yard and gardens. Rain barrels reduce stormwater or “runoff,” water that does not soak into the ground that can transport pollutants into our waterways. Composting turns food waste into soil, and also help storm drains remain unclogged."

Jarrod Richey
Store Manager
Rural King

“Why Compost? Why not? Composting is the utlitmate in recycling! Taking rotten food scrapes, leaves/grass and more to generate healthy living soil to grow new food, that is the ultimate win/win.

Composting and the use of rain barrels is a national trend. A rainbarrel is a great way to start small and add on later, it allows one to reuse water that might otherwise just go down a drain. Collected water can be used in a variety of ways such as washing vehicles, watering house plants and outdoor plants and cleaning up garden tools."

Martha Miller

Why Use a Rain Barrel?

With climate change, Indiana is getting wetter and warmer. Let’s make use of that water. Reuse it and save on your water bill!

Why Compost

Make Every Day Earth Day.

Along with providing rich nutrients to reenter the ground by composting your grains, and fruit and veggie scraps, collecting and reusing rainwater is a no brainer. You are utilizing a resource that is literally falling from the sky. Not for human or pet consumption but your plants, inside and out, will love it!

For every inch of rain that falls on a square foot of your roof, you can receive just over half a gallon of water. Collecting rainwater is a cost-effective alternative to using tap water for watering yards and gardens while: reducing peak volume and velocity of storm water runoff to streams and storm sewer systems, helping to reduce peak water demand during summer months, not to mention that it is inexpensive to install and maintain. Did I mention that it falls from the sky?! Order your rain barrel today!

More information on rain barrels:

Join the Zero Waste movement!