Are there are specific days we can dispose of things we’re tossing out during spring cleaning?

Yes there is. The City provides you with two key ways to accomplish your spring cleaning items in an efficient and environmentally responsible way.

Do not simply toss out potentially hazardous materials.

During the months of April and May, each Carmel Utilities/Republic Services household is allowed 20 extra bags or bundles per week of landscape waste FREE OF CHARGE. You are asked to place as much yard waste as possible into the trash cart, while still allowing the trash cart lid to close. The rest of the bags can simply be placed at the curb next to your containers.

Large branches must be cut into shorter sections (no larger than four feet) and tied into bundles.

Do not simply toss out potentially hazardous materials.

The Carmel Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center, located at 901 North Range Line Road, can safely dispose of or recycle materials that local residents can bring to their facility. The Center is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – Noon (Closed on Sundays and Mondays.)

The Center is available only to Carmel Utilities residential customers. Businesses and non-Carmel Utilities customers are not eligible. A driver’s license or utilities bill statement will be required at the time of disposal.

Items Accepted for Household Hazardous Waste Disposal include:

Latex & Oil Based Paints, Paint Thinner, Propane, Cesspool Cleaners, Kerosene, Creosote, Wood preservatives, Wood Stripper, Metal Polish, Septic Tank Degreaser and Muriatic Acid.

Also included are: Household care items such as Drain Cleaners, Dry Cleaning Fluid, Bleach, Oven Cleaner, Floor Cleaner, Moth Balls, Ammonia, Aerosol Cans, Silver/Copper Polish and Aerosols.

Items used for motor care can also be dropped off, including Antifreeze, Gasoline, Brake Fluid, Engine and Radiator Flushes, Motor Oil, Radiator Cleaner, Rust Preventative, Oil and Vehicle Fluids.

There are more items listed on this page:

Among the items that are NOT Accepted: Commercial Waste, Explosives, Ammunition, Medical Waste, Radioactive Waste, Polychlorinated Biphenyl’s (PCB’s), Asbestos, Asphault/Fiberglass Roofing Shingles, Tires, Appliances, Batteries, Electronics (TVs, Computer Monitors etc.).

Here are a few tips on how to bring materials to the Center. Do not mix materials, bring all materials in the original container if possible. (If not in original labeled container, please label the container used.) Tighten lids on all containers. If containers are leaking, pack in larger containers.

If you have any questions, you can call 317-571-2624.

Authored by Laura Campbell, Sue Finkam, Kevin Rider, Jeff Worrell, Bruce Kimball, Miles Nelson, Anthony Green and Adam Aasen.