Recycling services and costs in the Wabash Valley


THE WABASH VALLEY (WTHI) – Are you someone that has thought about recycling but finds it inconvenient or too costly? We’re breaking down the main services and costs to help you in the Wabash Valley.

Driving down the street you won’t find many recycle bins. One reason is because these gray recycling bins come with a cost.

“It’s really unfortunate that people in Terre Haute have to pay for recycle services because that’s not the case for many other cities across the country,” said reTHINK Inc.’s president, Shikha Bhattacharyya.

Bhattacharyya says the change for free recycling needs to come from local politicians and trash providers.

“There are progressive states, there are progressive cities and there is us,” said Bhattacharyya.

So what are the costs to recycle? Let’s break it down.

Residents living in Terre Haute city limits use republic trash service. Republic charges $19.33 for every three months of recycling. This is a curbside service, picked up at your home.

In order to start the service, the homeowner must pay $25.76 which is a down payment for the first four months. That’s service averages around $7 per month.

Wallace Bros is another main trash provider for surrounding counties. The only fee they charge to recycle is $6 for a roll of bags. If you want these designated recycle bags delivered to your home, then they’re $9.

Then users put the bag of recycled materials out with their trash with no charge.

“Twenty years ago we started recycling commodities like plastic, paper, tin cans, aluminum cans, and all that kind of stuff,” said Goodwill CEO, Bill Tennis.

Then there are services at Goodwill and the Indiana State University Recycle Centers. Anyone can drop recycled materials at these locations for free. There are few exceptions like a small fee for recycling a television set.

“I think the ideal incentive is that you pay less for recycling than you pay for trash, then that’s a real incentive,” said River Wools’ owner, Martha Crossen.

Crossen says she’d love to see a trash can and recycle can side by side at each house.

“You know the problems are real to our community and they do affect our lives and our pocketbooks,” said Crossen.

So whether you want your recyclables picked up at your house or you wish to take them to a center, not every option comes with a price tag.

Below is the contact information for all four services:

  • Republic Trash Service: (800) 293-1211
  • Wallace Bros: (800) 443-5904
  • Goodwill Recycle Center: (812) 235-8511
  • ISU Recycle Center: (812) 237-8840