Christmas Tree Recycling

Per the IBJ: City officials said Monday that park gates are once again open to Christmas trees for mulching.

The decision reverses an unpopular new policy that required residents to recycle their trees curbside.

“In response to feedback from residents across Marion County, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) today announced that it will restore its live Christmas tree collection program at Indy Parks,” the department announced in a news release.

Trees can be dropped off immediately at eight parks until Jan. 31, but residents can continue to recycle curbside, as well.

It was the first time in more than a decade that the city didn’t accept trees in parks for recycling, and it proved confusing to residents. At Broad Ripple Park, for example, residents have discarded about 30 trees in a heap despite a sign explaining that it was not a drop-off site anymore.


Indy Christmas tree program under fire from recycling advocates

The city tried the new program because officials thought it would be more convenient for residents to drag their trees to the curb rather than truck them to the park. But the curbside program also required people to cut trees into portions less than 4 feet long and wrap them with twine or rope.

The change left Indianapolis as the only one of six major cities in the region not providing a public tree recycling program this year.

The eight parks for recycling trees are:

•Broad Ripple Park, 1610 Broad Ripple Ave.

•Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair St.

•Garfield Park, 2432 Conservatory Drive.

•Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road.

•Perry Park, 451 E. Stop 11 Road.

•Riverside Park, 2420 N. Riverside Drive.

•Sahm Park, 6801 E. 91st St.

•Northwestway Park, 5253 W. 62nd St.


Butler University Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation

The The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recently recognized Butler University (Official Page) for her community engagement!


Trash/Recycling Suspended Wednesday and Thursday Due to Extreme Cold

The Department of Public Works (DPW) will suspend residential trash, heavy trash and curbside recycling Wednesday, Jan. 7, and Thursday, Jan. 8, because very low temperatures will make it unsafe for crews and DPW equipment.

Residents on Wednesday routes will have a double pick-up next week.

Here is the new schedule for this week and next:

  • On Friday, January 9, we will pick up regular Thursday trash routes.
  • On Saturday, January 10, we will pick up regular Friday trash routes.
  • Next week, Wednesday, January 14, we will hold a double pick-up for regular Wednesday routes.
  • For Republic curbside recycling customers, there will be a double pick-up on their next regularly scheduled curbside recycling pick-up day.

DPW will monitor weather conditions closely and will not resume trash pick-up until temperatures rise enough to ensure employee safety.

For more information or to report any trash related issues, please use RequestIndy  online or the mobile application on your smart phone, visit or call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4MAC.


Package theft at an all time high during the holidays!

Neighbors we’ve received a few reports that packages have been stolen off homeowners porches recently. Please keep an eye out and REPORT all incidents — or suspicious people to the police (317-327-3811)!


Digital Billboard Update

The proposed Digital Billboard Ordinance (Prop 250-2014) was postponed to another meeting, most likely in January. Stay tuned for more information as we follow this ordinance — and if you haven’t already, please share your opinion with our City County Councillor, Monroe Gray (317-327-4242) or !


When to call 911…?

What is 911?

    • 911 is the number to dial for the fastest possible emergency response when you need emergency POLICE, FIRE, or MEDICAL ASSISTANCE in a life or death situation.
    • Your call is answered by a county operator to determine if you need POLICE, FIRE, or MEDICAL assistance.

When to dial 911?

    • 911 is the number to dial to report Criminal Activity in Progress, Fire, Medical Emergencies, Shots Fired, Any Life Threatening Incident and Suspicious Activity.
    • Stay calm. Give your name, location and nature of the emergency.
    • Answer the 911 Dispatcher’s questions as accurately as possible.
    • Never hang up on the 911 Dispatcher until you are told to do so.
    • Do not dial 911 for non-emergency situations.
    • For non-emergency situations, such as noisy neighbors or a stolen bicycle use the Non-Emergency number: 327-3811

How 911 Works?

Example: What to do if you are looking out of your window and notice a person breaking into your neighbor’s home….

    • You should immediately go to the phone and dial 911.
    • Even while you are talking, an officer is already on the way. Try to remain calm and answer all of the dispatcher’s questions to the best of your ability – we understand you may be excited.
    • DO NOT HANG UP! For the safety of the officer who is on the way and all people involved, it is very important that the dispatcher on the phone gets all the necessary information about the emergency and the suspects. 

Information most needed:

    • What happened?
    • When did it happen?
    • Where it happened (address/intersection/landmark)
    • Telephone number of the person calling
    • Who is involved?
    • Is anyone injured?
    • Suspect description
    • Vehicle description/License Plate Number
    • Direction of travel of suspect
    • Did you see any weapons?

Never tell a 911 operator that a situation is more serious than it really is just to get faster service. It is against the law to intentionally give false information to the police.

911 Emergency Examples:

    • Robbery, burglary or larceny in progress (i.e.: Someone breaking into your home or vehicle or one of your neighbors’ homes or vehicles now)
    • Shootings
    • Fires or Medical emergency
    • Traffic injury – crashes
    • Person asking for help
    • Domestic Violence / Abuse
    • Fights or displays of weapons
    • Criminal activity
    • Any suspicious activity happening at the time of your call.

Non-Emergency Examples:

A non-emergency call is simply a request for police service that is not a life or death situation, and it is not “in progress”. An officer can handle some of these calls over the phone such as:

    • Vandalism (not in progress)
    • Stolen property (not in progress)
    • Criminal or Suspicious Activity (not in progress)
    • Loud Party 

(317) 327-3811