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City of Carmel Residential Trash & Recycling Program

Please click here for the New Trash Pick-up Schedule and Recycling schedule and calendar

Program Basics:

• Weekly trash pick up with a 96 gallon cart. A second* 96 gallon cart will be available free of charge upon request.
• A smaller cart (65 gallon or 48 gallon) will be available free of charge upon request.

• Biweekly commingled recycling pick up is included in the program at no additional cost. A 96 gallon cart will be provided for recycling. A second* 96 gallon cart will be available free of charge upon request.
• Recycling pick up will be the same day as trash pick-up.
• A smaller cart (65 gallon or 48 gallon) will be available free of charge upon request.

*a total of 3 carts split between trash & recycling

• Christmas tree pick up is included in the program at no additional cost. Please have Christmas trees cut in half and laid next to the trash cart.
• The seasonal pick-up of up to 20 bags/bundles of yard waste per week is included in the program at no additional cost.
• Bulky item pick up available at an additional $10.00 charge per item.
• 55 gallon overage tags for extra trash are available for purchase should residents ever need them. $2.50 each.
• Extra carts (over the 3 provided in the base bid) will be made available at an extra charge of $5.00 per cart/per month.

Landscape Waste:

During the months of April, May, October and November, each household is allowed 20 extra bags or bundles per week of Landscape waste. Outside of these months, each household is allowed one 4 foot bundle of twigs/limbs that are tied and bundled in addition to one trash container.

Alternate Sized Carts:
We ask that a 30 day trial period is given to evaluate container size before ordering a different sized container. If you determine that a different sized will better fit you needs call Republic Services at 317-917-7300 ext. 0 and inform the representative of the desired size. Container sizes are 96, 65 and 48 gallon. Please note the footprint of all three container sizes is similar so you are encouraged to go with the larger container size for times when extra capacity is needed.

Bulky Item Pickup:

Bulky items include household furniture, some appliances, bicycles, etc. Special pickup for these items include an additional fee of $10.00 per item to be paid by the resident. Please contact Republic Services at least 48 hours prior to your normal pickup day if you have a heavy or bulky item. Prior arrangements are required. To schedule bulky item pick up call Republic Services at 317-917-7300 ext. 0.

Here is a link to maps of the City that show your designated service day for trash and recycle as well as the service week for recycle (A or B). Your recycle service week will coincide with the attached recycle calendar.

Map of trash & recycling schedule: 

Information concerning containers and recycling:

Cost Per Month, Per Residential Unit
Includes Billing Service Fee 











Special Overage Tags:
In the event of large amounts of extra waste overage tags are available for purchase. No cash needed, amount will be added to your Carmel Utility Bill:

Utilities Billing Office
Suite 220
30 West Main Street
Mon. – Fri. 8 am. to 5 pm.

Water Operations Office
3450 W. 131st Street
Mon. – Fri. 8 am. to 5 pm.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Site
901 N. Range Line Road
Tues. – Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m. to Noon.

Weather Delays:
In the event of inclement weather, trash and recycling services will run a day behind (i.e. if Monday service is cancelled, Monday customers are serviced Tuesday. Friday customers are serviced on Saturday). For updated information on weather related delayed schedules, refer to the City or Utilities websites at or or the Republic voicemail recording at 917-7300.

Holiday Schedule:
Trash collection will not run on the following holidays:
Memorial Day
Labor Day
July 4th
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Years Day 

Service will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week following the holiday. 

Extended Absences:
If you are going to be away from your home for a month or longer and would like to suspend trash service and related charges call the Carmel Utilities Customer Service Office at 317-571-2442.  This feature also requires that the water service to the home be shut off.  Suspension of trash and water service is not available for periods less than one month.  

Special Needs Service:
For those individuals with special needs who are physically unable to wheel their trash carts to the curb, Republic has a special service where they will wheel your cart down for you. To get additional information contact Republic Services at 317-917-7300.

Opt-Out Reversal/Opt Back In:

Residents who have opted-out of the trash program may opt back in at any time.   Please complete the reversal form and mail, email or fax the form per the instructions. Please click here to get form

Trash & Recycling Program for Businesses and Organizations 

The features and benefits of the City of Carmel residential trash & recycling program is now available to non-residential businesses and organizations within the City limits of Carmel.  Pick-up logistic review and pre-approval is required.  For more information click here

Questions and Who to Contact:

Service & Container Related Items:
For large item pick-up, broken containers, ordering extra containers, container switch out, missed trash pick-up, special needs service, recycling questions etc. contact: 

            Republic Services 
            Mon - Fri between 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Billing Questions:
For questions about your bill, extended absence notification or unresolved complaints with Republic Services contact: 

        Carmel Utilities 
        Mon - Fri between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
        or email


Last updated: 1/8/2016 9:12:33 AM