Donating

Donating is an easy way to put your unwanted items to GOOD use!

Freecycle - Give away a wide variety of items through this email group. Free to join!

Goodwill - Accepts useable clothing and household goods.

The Guest House - Accepts a wide variety of household and food items.

1216 North 13th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205, (414) 345-3240.

Habitat for Humanity Restore - Accepts new and used home goods, cabinetry, and building supplies.

Milwaukee Working - Accepts books, CD's, and games.

Purple Heart Pickup Service - Accepts clothing, shoes, toys, and other household items. Will pick up.

5380 S 13th St, Milwaukee, WI 53221, (414) 281-4281.

Salvation Army - Accepts a wide variety of items from household goods and non-perishable food items to vehicles. Will pick up.

1-800-SA-TRUCK ( 1-800-728-7825)

St Vincent de Paul - Accepts household items, furniture, and appliances. Will pick up.

(414) 462-7863

WasteCap - Accepts pre-screened acrchitectural, building, and vintage materials.

 

Additional Recycling Options

There are a wide variety of private and non-profit organizations that recycle a wide variety of materials. Check out Earth 911's recycling database to search for more options.

Disposal & Recycling Guide

This guide is a tool to help residents identify disposal options for a wide variety of items. Please contact us with additional questions.

Please wait while we gather your results.

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Aerosol Cans

Accepted at collection point in blue recycle cart.

Instructions: Empty cans only. OK to leave labels on.

Restrictions: NO needles or "sharps". No gas or propane cans or tanks.

Aluminum Cans

Accepted at collection point in blue recycle cart.

Instructions: Please rinse out cans.

Restrictions: NO needles or "sharps". No gas or propane cans or tanks.

Anti-freeze (used)

Drop Off Centers and Household Hazardous Waste Sites will accept used anti-freeze. NOT ACCEPTED CURBSIDE.

Appliances

Drop Off Centers will accept appliances. NOT ACCEPTED CURBSIDE.

Ashes

Accepted at collection point in green garbage cart or at a Drop Off Center.

Instructions: Double bag all ashes please.

Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Drop Off Centers will accept asphalt roofing shingles. NOT ACCEPTED CURBSIDE.

Auto Batteries

Drop Off Centers and Household Hazardous Waste Sites will accept auto batteries. NOT ACCEPTED CURBSIDE.

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Batteries

Alkaline (Single Use) Batteries. Single use batteries (A, AA, AAA, C, D, etc.) can be thrown out in your regular garbage. They are not hazardous and recycling services are not available at this time.

Rechargeable Batteries. Rechargeable batteries (NiCd, NiMH, NiZn, Li-ion, SSLA/Pb) are recyclable through a variety of local retailers serving as drop-off locations. For a complete list visit Call 2 Recycle's database. Rechargeable batteries contain toxic chemistries and should be recycled instead of being placed in the garbage.

Vehicle Batteries. Lead-Acid batteries, typically found in cars and other vehicles, must be recycled in the state of Wisconsin. Many stores that sell these batteries accept them for recycling while offering savings on the purchase of a new one. They can also be brought to Milwaukee's Drop Off Centers.

Books

Accepted at collection point in blue recycle cart: paperback books, phone books, hardcover books only if cover and back is removed, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, mixed paper. Also consider donating.

Phone Book Opt-Out. Consider opting out of getting a phone book delivered if you no longer use this resource. Opt out online.

Restrictions: NO tissue paper or wax/foil/plastic lined paper or trash.

Branches & Brush

Accepted at curbside or alley collection point.

Instructions: DO NOT PLACE IN CART. Pile branches and brush at the collection point and request a special pickup online or call (414) 286-CITY (2489). More info.

Restrictions: Up to 2 cubic yards (size of a sofa).

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Cardboard

Accepted at collection point in blue recycle cart: corrugated cardboard and paperboard (cereal boxes), junk mail, mixed paper, beverage carrier packs, paperback books, newspapers, magazines and phone books

Restrictions: NO tissue paper or wax/foil/plastic lined paper or trash.

CDs and DVDs

Accepted at collection point in green garbage cart. Also consider donating for reuse.

Cell Phones

Cell phones are banned from Wisconsin landfills. Many retailers collect cell phones for recycling. Drop Off Centers will accept electronics. NOT ACCEPTED CURBSIDE. Learn more here.

Christmas Trees

Accepted at garbage collection point.

Instructions: DO NOT PLACE IN CART. Place tree at the collection point next to garbage cart. Trees can also be taken to Drop Off Centers for mulching. Remove all decorations prior to dropping off the tree

Cleaners

Household Hazardous Waste Sites will accept: garage, auto, and toxic workshop cleaners. PRODUCTS NOT ACCEPTED CURBSIDE.

Construction Debris

Several locations take renovation materials as donations. Very small amounts accepted curbside in green garbage cart. Larger amounts require a special collection (for a fee) or must be taken to the Drop Off Centers.

Restrictions and fees apply.

Cooking Oil (used)

Place at collection point in garbage cart or Drop Off Centers will accept cooking oil for recycling.

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Dead Animals

For animals in the public right of way, request a pickup online or call (414) 286-CITY (2489).

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Electronics

Drop Off Centers will accept electronics. NOT ACCEPTED CURBSIDE.

Electronics are banned from Wisconsin landfills. Learn more here.

 

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Food Scraps

Learn how to reduce the amount of food you put in your trash, including using in-sink food disposals and backyard composting.

Furniture

Many organizations collect furniture for reuse. If reuse is not an option, place item(s) at your collection point. If it is less than the size of a recliner it will be picked up with your regular garbage. No special request is needed. If it is larger than a recliner there is a fee for collection. request a pickup online or call (414) 286-CITY (2489). For free disposal of items larger than a recliner, take items to a Drop Off Center. More information.

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Garden Debris

Garden debris can be composted in your back yard or Drop Off Centers will accept garden debris. From Oct 1 - Nov 15 place on top of leaf piles for collection and composting. DO NOT PLACE IN GARBAGE OR RECYCLING CART.

Glass Containers

Accepted at your collection point in blue recycle cart.

Instructions: Any color. Please rinse out. OK to leave labels on.

Restrictions: NO window glass, light bulbs, ceramics, or china. NO needles or "sharps"

Glass windows

Accepted in green garbage cart or at Drop Off Centers.

Grass Clippings

Consider leaving grass clippings on your lawn to return the nutrients to your soil or composting. If these options won’t work, grass clippings must be brought to a Drop Off Center.

Restrictions: It is illegal to put grass clippings in your garbage cart.

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Ink

Check with your local office supply and inkjet cartridge stores, or search at earth911.

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Lightbulbs (florescent)

CFL and florescent light bulbs can be taken to many retail outlets, such as Ace, Batteries Plus Bulbs, Home Depot, Lowes, Sears, Target, and True Value. Call individual stores to verify their participation. Household Hazardous Waste Sites also accept these items, but the cost of processing CFLs through this site is very costly so retail sites are preferred. Learn more about CFLs from the EPA.

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Magazines

Accepted at collection point in blue recycle cart: magazines, newspapers, phone books, paperback books, corrugated cardboard, junk mail, and mixed paper

Restrictions: NO tissue paper or wax/foil/plastic lined paper or trash.

Medication

Do not flush old medication!

Over the Counter (OTC) medication can be thrown away in your green garbage cart.

Prescription medication should be returned through a drop box location or the envelope mail-back program for safe disposal.

Microwave Ovens

Drop Off Centers will accept microwave ovens. NOT ACCEPTED CURBSIDE.

Motor oil and filters

Drop Off Centers will accept motor oil and filters. NOT ACCEPTED CURBSIDE.

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Needles, Syringes, Hypodermic

It is illegal for needles and syringes to be put in garbage or recycling carts/bins. Needles and syringes must be taken to a Registered Sharps Collection Station or check with your pharmacy about their disposal options. Pick N Save pharmacies accept needles from their pharmacy customers for free and charge a small fee to non-customers. Many Aurora pharmacies, hospitals, and local pharmacies also collect these items.

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Paint (latex)

Consider donating unopened paint to charity. Accepted curbside in green garbage cart or at Drop Off Centers.

Instructions: Dry paint in the container.

Paint (oil based)

Consider donating unopened paint to charity. Household Hazardous Waste Sites will accept oil-based paint. NOT ACCEPTED CURBSIDE.

Paper

Accepted curbside - Recycle Cart: Newspapers, magazines, phone books, corrugated cardboard and paperboard (cereal boxes), junk mail, mixed paper, beverage carrier packs, and paperback books

Restrictions: NO tissue paper or wax/foil/plastic lined paper or trash.

Pesticides

Empty: Accepted in green garbage cart or at Drop Off Centers.

Full: Household Hazardous Waste Sites will accept pesticide. NOT ACCEPTED CURBSIDE.

Pet Waste

Accepted in green garbage cart or at Drop Off Centers.

Instructions: Double bag all pet waste please.

Plastic Bags

NOT ACCEPTED FOR RECYCLING CURBSIDE. Do NOT put plastic bags in your recycling bin.

Learn more here.

Plastic Containers

Accepted at collection point in blue recycle cart. Additional recyclables can be placed in a clear plastic bag next to your cart on collection day or can be taken to a Drop Off Center.

Instructions: Please empty and rinse out. Lids should be screwed back on prior to recycling.

Restrictions: Only plastic containers with a #1, #2, #4, or #5 symbol. Bulky plastics (i.e. 5 gallon buckets, laundry baskets, cat litter buckets) are also now accepted curbside.

Propane or Gas Cylinders (empty)

Check with locations where you purchased the propane tanks. Menards stores and Amerigas are some local options. Contact any retailer before returning or refilling empty tanks. Otherwise, Drop Off Centers will accept empty propane or gas cylinders. NOT ACCEPTED CURBSIDE.

Restrictions: Propane tanks can not go into your garbage cart or recycling cart. They are very dangerous in the trucks and at the Materials Recovery Facility.

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Scrap Metal

Drop Off Centers will accept scrap metal. NOT ACCEPTED CURBSIDE.

Shoes

Drop Off Centers will accept shoes for reuse (paired only, no high heels). Learn more and find list of additional collection sites.

Small Engines

Consider donating items such as lawn mowers and snow blowers. Even if they are not in working condition, many people and organizations are interested. If donating is not an option, drain all fluids (oil, gasoline, etc.) and dispose of properly, then take the item to a Drop Off Center.

Steel Cans

Accepted at your collection point in your Recycle cart:. Please rinse out. OK to leave labels on. CLEAN foil and pie tins OK.

Restrictions: NO needles or “sharps”

Styrofoam

Styrofoam, including packing peanuts and foam egg cartons can be placed in your green garbage cart. These items do not belong in your recycling cart. Some UPS Stores may collect foam packing peanuts.

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Tires

Drop Off Centers will accept up to 5 tires. NOT ACCEPTED CURBSIDE.

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Yard Waste

Yard Waste can be composted in your back yard or Drop Off Centers will accept garden debris. From Oct 1 - Nov 15 place on top of leaf piles for collection and composting. DO NOT PLACE IN GARBAGE OR RECYCLING CART.

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