City Services


A trash tote should have been left for you by the previous resident of your house. Trash day is Friday. Please have your trash tote in the alley behind your home or in front of your home (whichever is applicable) by 7 AM. Don’t forget to bring the tote back inside your yard at the end of the day.  Also, help out the neighborhood by closing any open toters so that water (and the mosquitoes that breed in water) doesn’t collect in the bottom.   Heavy trash pickup is the second Friday of the month. No more than two items are allowed per month and should be placed in the alley near where you place your trash totes. If your heavy trash is missed, please contact the Mayor’s Action Line at 327-4MAC (327-4622).


Curbside recycling is available in Indianapolis for a nominal fee from Republic Services.  See their FAQ page for an updated (and extensive) list of what they currently recycle.  There is a link to the current pickup calendar on our home page.

A Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) recycling bin is available in the parking lot to the south of St. Richard’s School/Trinity Episcopal Church.  This recycling bin will accept more than the average recycling bin including cardboard and phone books.  See the side of the bin for details.

There are recycling bins available at the Double 8 Foods on Fairfield Avenue.  The following items can be placed in the recycling bin:

  • Steel and aluminum beverage and food cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Glass (brown, clear and green)
  • #1 and #2 plastics
  • Newspapers and magazines.

For more information about KIB’s Recycle Indianapolis Program, contact (317) 264-7555 or visit

Streetlight Burned Out

Streetlights burned out? Is your alley too dark?

If a streetlight burned out in front of your house, please report it directly to Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) at 261-8222 from 7 AM to 8 PM or at 261-8111 after hours. You will need the house address which is closest to the burned out light. It is also helpful to have the IPL pole number located on a metal tag on the pole.

If you would like to report streetlight outages online, click here to go there directly or you can navigate there using the following instructions:

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Power Outages” across the top of screen and then select “Report Streetlight Outages” from the drop down menu.
  3. Follow the onscreen prompts.

Order an IPL Streetlight for Your Alley

Want to brighten up the dark alley behind your home? Anyone can contact IPL to have a cobra-head light added to any existing IPL pole for only $6.55 per month. The cost is added to your monthly IPL bill.

The monthly price includes tax, electricity, and maintenance. There is no installation cost, although IPL does ask that you agree to continue the light for at least 3 years to justify their expense. After such time you can disconnect it at any time. Generally the light will be installed within 2 weeks. A cobra-head light is the same type of light found on most streets in Indianapolis; they are not the historic lights that we have on our major streets.

If you are interested, contact IPL lighting directly at 261-8653. They can take your order over the phone. It is helpful to have the IPL Pole Number which is located on a metal tag on the pole.