City launches new recycling program

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Mary Milz/Eyewitness News CityBeat

Indianapolis - Not many Indianapolis residents participate in the city's recycling program. Now, a new program called Indianapolis Recycles explains why the city says they should.

Richard Allen is Indy's recycle guy. Each day he drives Center Township, stopping to empty trash-filled bins into this truck.

"I separate the paper at the curb from the plastic and glass," said Allen.

City officials say Allen doesn't stop nearly enough, especially in areas just south of downtown.

But it's not his fault. It's just that very few people subscribe to curbside recycling. There are just 1,200 in Center Township and 28,000 countywide. So few participate that instead of breaking even, the city's losing money on the program to the tune of more than $1 million a year.

"We currently charge $4 to $5.25 a month for curbside recycling. However, our costs are more like $8.57 per week," said Margie Smith-Simmons, Department of Public Works.

That's why the city is launching a new campaign to get more people signed up. Don Coffin, who just moved here, says there's no need to sell him on the merits.

"We all make waste and consume, so we need to do our part to be responsible and take care of the other side of that," he said. "I'm a fairly green guy."

Still, John Luta says the city doesn't make recycling easy enough. "They seem to have it backwards. The city should be encouraging people by eliminating fees or in some way offering an incentive," he said.

"We feel there's a fee, but we feel it's nominal to protect the environment," said Smith-Simmons.

Some cities actually require residents to recycle. Smith-Simmons say Indianapolis has considered that, but there is no way to enforce it.

Another option is dumping the program, which the city almost did last year and would like to avoid.

"The city wants to make sure we offer it and are good stewards of the environment and show we care. But we need everyone else to care, too," said Smith-Simmons.

Under the new program, residents can drop off recyclables at specified locations. See a map of the drop-off points. Also see KIBI for more info.

Call the Mayor's Action Center at 327-4622 to sign up for the curbside recycling program. Otherwise, use this list to determine the drop-off point closest to you.

Addresses of drop-off points

North

8752 Michigan Road (northwest corner of the intersection of Michigan Road and West 86th Street; accessible from I-465 by going south at the Michigan Road exit; the parking lot of the former K-Mart location; the container is at the south end of the parking lot, behind the Steak 'N Shake restaurant.)

Sahm Park, 6801 East 91st Street (one mile east of the intersection of Allisonville Road and East 91st Street; accessible by driving on Allisonville Road, north of E. 86th Street, and turning east onto E. 91st Street; the container is at the far south end of the road leading into the Park.)

11625 Fox Road (the Windridge Shopping Center, at the intersection of Fox Road and Sunnyside Road; the container is at the far west end of the parking lot in front of Marsh supermarket.)

11101 Pendleton Pike (the Sunnyside Shoppes, just east of the intersection of Pendleton Pike and Sunnyside Road; accessible fron I-465 by going east at the Pendleton Pike exit; the container is at the north side of the parking lot in front of Kroger supermarket.)

2629 East 65th Street (the intersection of East 65th Street and North Keystone Avenue; accessible from I-465 by going south at the Keystone Avenue exit to E. 65th Street; the container is at the northwest corner of the Kroger parking lot.)

9835 Fall Creek Road (the intersection of Fall Creek Road and East 79th Street; the container is at the northwest end of the Kroger parking lot.)

1415 West 86th Street (the southwest corner of the intersection of West 86th Street and Ditch Road; accessible from I-465 by going south at the Meridian Street exit to W. 86th Street, then about 1 and one/quarter miles west; the container is at the Village Pantry store.)

Broad Ripple Park, Evanston Street Entrance (use the entrance on Evanston Street, from East 62nd Street; the container is at the parking area. NOTE: This site also has recycling containers for office paper, 'junk mail,' magazines, and catalogues.)

5302 N. Keystone Avenue (the container is at the south end of the parking lot of the A.J. Wright store.)

South
Southwestway Park, 8400 Mann Road (approximately 3 and one/half miles south of the interchange of Mann Road and I-465; the container is at the right-hand side of the road in the parking area.)

Perry Park, 415 East Stop 11 Road (just east of the intersection of East Stop 11 Road and South Meridian Street; the container is at the north end of the park, near the soccer fields.)

4202 South East Street (in the Southern Plaza shopping center; accessible from I-465 by going north at the East Street exit; the container is at the north side of the Kroger supermarket in the side parking area.)

6025 Madison Avenue (the southeast corner of the intersection of Madison Avenue and East Edgewood Avenue; the container is at the far west end of the parking lot, alongside Madison Avenue, near Beck's Service Center.)

321 South 1st Avenue, Beech Grove (the southeast corner of the intersection of South Emerson Avenue (which is Beech Grove's South 1st Avenue) and Churchman Avenue; accessible from I-465 by going north at the Emerson Avenue exit; the container is at the west end of the parking lot in front of the Kroger Express store.)

5325 East Thompson Road (just east of the intersection of East Thompson Road and South Emerson Avenue; accessible from I-465 by going south at the Emerson Avenue exit; the container is at the north end of the Kroger parking lot.)

8707 Hardegan Street (in the northeast area of the intersection of South County Line Road and South U.S. 31; best accessible by taking South U.S. 31 to the County Line Mall entrance, just north of South County Line Road; the container is at the far east side of the Kroger supermarket parking lot.)

3633 Kentucky Avenue (at the southwest corner of the intersection of Kentucky Avenue and Mann Road; accessible from I-465 by going north at the Kentucky Avenue exit; the container is at the east side of the Marsh supermarket.)

5545 S. Meridian Street (in the southwest corner of the intersection of State Road 135 and Epler Avenue, in the parking lot of the UltraViolet Skate Park.)

East
7150 East Washington Street (the northeast corner of the intersection of East Washington Street and North Shadeland Avenue; best accessible from North Shadeland Avenue; the container is at the lower-level parking lot of the former Eastgate Consumer Mall, behind the Ryan's Steakhouse restaurant.)

5550 East Fall Creek Parkway, North Drive (the container is at the east side of the O'Malia's supermarket.)

8939 East 38th Street (the southwest corner of the intersection of East 38th Street and North Post Road; the container is at the parking lot of the Kroger supermarket.)

10450 East Washington Street (just east of the Washington Square shopping mall, on the north side of the street; the container is at the parking lot of the Kroger supermarket.)

3737 East Washington Street (the southwest corner of the intersection of East Washington Street and South Sherman Drive; the container is at the LoBill supermarket parking lot.)

West
5615 West 38th Street (just west of the intersection of West 38th Street and Moller Road; accessible from I-465 by going east at the 38th Street exit; the container is at the Kroger supermarket parking lot.)

Northwestway Park, 5253 West 62nd Street (the container is at the southeast corner of West 62nd Street and Moller Road.)

5026 Crawfordsville Road (the Speedway Super Center shopping area; the container is at the south of Kroger supermarket location, in front of the National City Bank location.)

8150 Rockville Road (the northwest corner of Rockville Road and Country Club Road; the container is directly south of the Kroger supermarket, visible from Rockville Road.)

Downtown
The Children's Museum, 3000 North Illinois Street (the container is at the far north end of the surface parking lot on the east side of North Illinois Street.)

320 North New Jersey Street (the container is at the far north end of the O'Malia's parking lot, close to East Vermont Street.)