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 Apartment Building Recycling

Recycling has many benefits for our environment, our economy, and our communities. State law and City ordinance require the implementation of recycling programs at all types of residential and non-residential properties. While the City of Milwaukee provides recycling service to single-family through four-unit buildings through a curbside collection program, owners of residences containing five or more apartments must obtain recycling service from a private hauler. The information below is provided to assist tenants, managers, and owners with the setup and improvement of a recycling program.

Questions frequently asked by tenants


Questions frequently asked by property owners or building managers




2013 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report

Did you know:  From 2009 to 2013, recycling pounds per Milwaukee household increased by 19.6%, continuing a string of annual increases in tons of recyclables recovered!

Also in 2013, the City of Milwaukee and Waukesha County signed an intergovernmental agreement to seek proposals for a Regional Recycling System for the Processing and Marketing of Single Stream Recyclables.  The process resulted in signing a second intergovernmental agreement as well as a contract with a company called ReCommunity to jointly process Single-Sort recyclables for the City and County utilizing new, state of the art recycling equipment in the City’s existing building in the Menomonee Valley.  The facility is expected to be operational by spring of 2015.

 Read about these highlights and much more in the 2013 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report.