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 "NEW Single-Sort Recycling is making RECYCLE FOR GOOD better than ever!  Residents may now recycle MORE MATERIALS such as cartons (from milk, juice or soup for example), #4 and #5 tubs and lids, and even pots and pans!  SORTING is EVEN EASIER under the new program:  all recyclables may now be mixed together in recycling carts! Learn more about "Milwaukee's new Single-Sort recycling program".

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 that are collected monthly for about 85% of households, and 18-gallon bins that are collected weekly for about 15% of households. If you do not have a cart or a bin or require other recycling services, fill out a Sanitation online service request.

The Department of Public Works is dedicated to improving recycling service to residents and increasing the amount of recyclables collected and recovered in the most cost effective manner possible. Recycling conserves natural resources and landfill space, supports jobs, and saves the City money. Every ton recycled saves the City and its residents money on avoided landfill disposal fees and through revenues gained from sale of the recyclables.




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.