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BLOOMINGTON —  Bloomington Public Works Department crews on Wednesday will start to collect household bulk waste at the curb for free.

Bulk waste must be placed at the curb by 6 a.m. on the scheduled date, which coincides with the day brush is regularly scheduled for pickup. Brush is collected every other week, alternating with recycling.

Residents who do not know their brush collection day can find their day on the city's website, http://www.cityblm.org/. A map with those dates is available by clicking the "free spring bulk collection" icon.

Those dates also are available through the Recycle Coach app that residents can download for free to their smartphones from either Apple or Android app stores.

"We ask people to make sure they separate their brush from their bulk so there is no damage (to city equipment) and crews can effectively collect the material," said Public Works Director Jim Karch.

To keep unsightly piles of bulk waste from lingering until they are collected, "we are putting forth the resources that are needed so we can collect it on the day it is supposed to be out there," he added.

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Appliances are collected by a private company, but the company is dispatched through Public Works. Residents can contact Public Works at 309-434-2225 for an estimate and to arrange for collection of appliances.

The city does not pick up TVs and monitors. If those items are left on the curb, they will be tagged for pickup with a $50 fee, said Karch.

After the free collection is complete, Public Works will charge $25 per front-end loader bucket (about 2.5 cubic yards) for household bulk waste and $100 per bucket for sod, dirt, concrete, rocks and shingles.

Over a two-week period last October, city crews collected almost 600 tons of bulk waste and 2,340 cubic yards of brush left at the curb.

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Contact Maria Nagle at (309) 820-3244. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Nagle

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