Carmel Trash & Recycle Program

Starting January 1, 2012, the City of Carmel contracted with Republic services to provide trash and curbside recycling service. In 2016, the City re-bid the program and Republic was again the low bidder and was awarded a seven year contract starting January 2017. In 2023, the City again re-bid the program and Republic Services was the low bidder and awarded a seven year contract to provide trash and recycle service.  The City program is required of all residents within City limits. The program allows for three total carts at the monthly price, additional carts will be charged at $6.75 each per month. Trash service and recycle service are picked up weekly.



  • Trash Routes: Click here for a detailed map of Carmel trash service by day.
  • Click Here for Republic’s schedule look-up tool
  • Information on Republic Services Recycling program:
    Click here for Recycling Simplified: Recycle Smarter with Republic Services

Program Cost:

The cost of the trash and weekly recycling program including a billing service fee are as follows:

– 2024 – $14.70
– 2025 – $15.35
– 2026 – $16.03
– 2027 – $16.74
– 2028 – $17.48

– 2029 – $18.25
– 2030 – $19.07


Program Information:


– Collection Hours: Normal collection hours are 7:00am to 6:00pm on the day of service.  Service may be provided at any time during this range and may not be consistent week to week.  It is advised that carts be placed at the curb for collection the evening prior to the service day.

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 and inform the representative of the desired size. Container sizes are 96 and 65 gallon. Please note the footprint of both container sizes are similar so you are encouraged to go with the larger container size for times when extra capacity is needed.

Landscape Waste: During the months of April, May and October 15th to December 15th, each household is allowed 20 extra bags or bundles per week of landscape waste.
Weather Delays: In the event of significant inclement weather, trash and recycling services will run a day behind, so for example Monday service will be picked up on Tuesday. Those who are picked up on Friday would receive service on Saturday. For updated informaton on weather related schedule delay, call the Republic Services voicemail recording at 317-917-7300.
Extended Absences: If you are going to be away from your home for a month or longer and would like to service and related charges, contact the Carmel Utilities customer service office at 317-571-2442. This service is not available for periods less than one month. Please be aware that temporary suspension of service includes all service: water, sewer and trash.
Special needs Service: For those individuals with special needs and are physically unable to wheel trash carts to the curb, Republic offers a special service to wheel the cart to the curb. For additional information, contact Republic Services at 317-917-7300 ext. 0.
Bulky Item Pickup: Bulky items include household furniture, some appliances, bicycles, etc. Special pickup for these items include an additional fee of $20.00 per item to be paid by the resident. Bulky landscape waste is an additional fee of $40.00 per pickup. 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 contact Republic Services, please call: 317-917-7300.

Special Overage Tags: In the event of large amounts of extra waste, overage tags are available for purchase for $3.50 each at one of the following Carmel Utilities offices listed below:

Utilities Billing Office
30 West Main Street, Suite 220
Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(317) 571-2442
Amount will be added to your Carmel Utility Bill. Identification required.
Cash or check also accepted (no credit card)

Water Operations Office
3450 W. 131st Street
Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(317) 733-2855
Amount will be added to your Carmel Utility Bill. Identification required.
No cash, no check and no credit card accepted

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
(317) 571-2624
Amount will be added to your Carmel Utility Bill. Identification required.
No cash, no check and no credit card accepted

Christmas Tree Pickup: Each household is allotted one Christmas tree pick up per home. Republic Services will collect the tree on the regular service day during the first two weeks of January.

1) Trees must be cut in sections four feet or less. If the tree section is longer than four feet, it will not fit into the cage at the top of the truck.

2) Remove all tree bags, ornaments, tinsel and stands.

– Holiday Schedule: Residential trash and recycling collection will not run on the following holidays:

– Memorial Day
– July 4th
– Labor Day
– Thanksgiving Day

-Christmas Day

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

Please note, when a holiday falls on a weekend, which is not a normal service day, Trash and Recycling will NOT be delayed.

New Year’s Day – Monday, January 1, 2024 – No Service
There will be a one-day delay starting the day after New Year’s Day.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Monday, January 15, 2024 – Normal Service Day
There will NOT be a one-day delay the week of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Pick-up/Service Day will remain the same as normal.
President’s Day – Monday, February 19, 2024 – Normal Service Day
There will NOT be a one-day delay the week of the President’s Day holiday.
Pick-up/Service Day will remain the same as normal.

In cases if severe weather, residential trash and recycling service may be delayed.

For a detailed Repubic Services Schedule, please Click Here for the Republic services site and search for your address. 


Questions and Contact Information:

Service and Container Related Issues:
For large item pick-up, broken containers, ordering extra containers, missed trash pick-up, special needs service, recycling questions etc. contact:
Republic Services
Monday through Friday, 7:00am – 5:00pm

Questions about your Republic Services Trash and Recycling service, please submit a request online by using the link below

Billing Questions:
For questions about a bill, extended absence notification or unresolved complaints with Republic Services contact:
Carmel Utilities
Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm

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