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Operations Division

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Sanitation Operations

Sanitation Services is responsible for the collection and disposal of residential solid waste for approximately 190,000 households in the City of Milwaukee. Responsibilities also include snow and ice control, fall leaf collection, and street and alley cleaning.

Recycling Services

The City of Milwaukee operates a curbside recycling program serving residents of single-family through four-unit households. The current collection system uses two methods: 95-gallon carts collected monthly for about 85% of households, and 18-gallon bins collected weekly for about 15% of households.

Parking Operations

Oversees parking enforcement, permitting, city-owned parking structures and parking meters.

Forestry Operations

Responsible for the design, planning, planting, and management of street trees, boulevards, landscapes, greenspaces, and beautification projects within the City of Milwaukee.

Fleet Operations

Two sections: Fleet Repairs and Fleet Operations. Fleet Operations schedules approximately 400 operators, support staff and laborers on a daily basis for Environmental Services, and Street and Sewer Maintenance.


The Operations Division provides Sanitation, Forestry, Fleet, and Parking services to City of Milwaukee residents and visitors. Responsible for solid waste collection and disposal, recycling and waste reduction, trees and landscaping, fleet maintenance and dispatch, snow and ice control, and parking functions, Operations is dedicated year-round to keeping Milwaukee clean, manicured and safe.

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Operations Division

Preston Cole 
Director of Operations 

Zeidler Muncipal Building 
841 N. Broadway 
Room 501
Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 286-2489