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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.




Congratulations City of Milwaukee residents!  For the fifth straight year, our recycling totals continue to increase, thanks to your strong participation in DPW’s curbside/alley collection program.  Household recycling weights have increased 20% over this five-year period.


Beginning in May 2014, the City of Milwaukee partnered with Waukesha County communities to renovate and repair a recycling facility capable of sorting, baling and shipping 60,000 tons of plastics, glass, paper and cans each year. The facility, located in the Menomonee Valley,  is now a state-of-the-art single-stream Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).


Read about these highlights and more in the 2014 Annual Residential Recycling Report.