“I live in Indianapolis. How can I recycle?”
Indianapolis not having universal curbside recycling pick-up has been an increasingly hot topic as the city continues to rise as one of the most wasteful. The good news? THRIVE Indianapolis. Adopted in February 2019 by the Metropolitan Development Commission of Marion County, THRIVE is the first-ever actionable sustainability plan to be implemented in Indy. The plan aims to create a city that is “equitable, healthier and prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.”
So what does this mean for recycling?
The plan reveals that only 10% of households currently subscribe to curbside recycling, and proposes that universal residential curbside recycling will be available to all Indianapolis residents by 2025.
However, the lack of current curbside recycling pick-up options doesn’t mean community members can’t recycle. Residents have the option to pay a fee for pick-up or take recycling themselves to a nearby recycling drop-off.
- 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.
*Electronics must be recycled separately. Learn where to find electronics recycling sites and what items are accepted.
Although recycling is a vital part of the process of creating a lighter environmental impact, it is important to remember to purchase mindfully and reuse what you can first. THRIVE is determined to achieve Carbon Neutrality in Indy by 2050, and this is only a baby step toward that goal. Are you going to contribute to the greater good of Indy?
Rachel is a freelance writer who focuses on mindful living, aiming to help people live healthier, more intentional lives.