Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Expanding Hours

(BLOOMINGTON) – Monroe County Solid Waste Management District is expanding its operating hours.

The South Walnut Recycling Center and household hazardous waste facility will be open 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and all Rural Recycling Centers will be open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Facilities open include:

  • Ellettsville, 6200 North Matthews Drive in Ellettsville.
  • Westside, 341 North Oard Road.
  • Southside, 400 West Dillman Road.
  • Northeast, 6051 East State Road 45, off of East Bethel Lane in New Unionville.

“We are continuing to adjust our schedules, attempting to balance the health and safety of the community and our employees with providing a needed service to the public within current budgetary constraints, due to COVID-19,” district Executive Director Tom McGlasson Jr. said in a news release.

The eight-car limit will remain in place at this time, reuse programs/facilities are still suspended, and no unloading assistance is available. Orange bag trash will continue to be accepted at all Rural Recycling Centers on days those centers are open and the bulky item bins will be available on these days at the designated facility for that week. Although district administrative staff will begin working more from their offices, the Administration Building will continue to remain closed to the public at this time.

“The coronavirus is still a reality,” Community Outreach Coordinator Elisa Pokral said in the release, “so we ask that recyclers and others using our services continue to wear masks, leave children at home and allow others plenty of social distance when at district recycling centers. We also thank recyclers for recycling right — only recycling what can be recycled at the district, and ensuring that recyclables are rinsed and free of food residue and other contaminants. Please place Styrofoam — Expanded Polystyrene Styrofoam — in the trash. Our recycling centers are social places and we advise you to, at all times, follow social distancing guidelines between customers and our staff when you drop off recyclables.”

The district continues to accept a variety of recyclables, including paper, cardboard, rigid plastics 1-7s, aluminum, steel, glass bottles and jars, and more. But, no Styrofoam or plastic bags and films.

For more information, call 812-349-2020, view the top of the district’s Facebook page or visit