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Elderly & Disabled Assistance

Garbage & Recycling Carts, Senior Citizen and Disability Service

If a senior citizen is not physically able to roll the garbage cart to the curb and back, and has no other able-bodied person in the household to do this, they will be given a Senior Citizen Hardship designation and a Sanitation employee will retrieve their garbage cart from its storage area, empty it and return it to the storage area.

If a person is not a senior citizen but is not physically able to roll the garbage cart to the curb and back, and has no other able-bodied person in the household to do this, they will be given a Disability Hardship designation. In some cases, doctor certification of disability may be required.

For information on these services, call (414) 286-CITY (2489), email Sanitation@milwaukee.gov, or print and complete this form.

Winter Snow Removal, Winter sidewalk clearing for older citizens and disabled persons

Residents living in single family homes who are physically unable to clear the sidewalk in front of their home may apply to the Sanitation Division for assistance with clearing the walk after a snowstorm. To be eligible, residents must certify that they and all other occupants of their home are senior citizens or handicapped and are physically unable to shovel the sidewalk. They must certify that they were unable to obtain the services of any other individual. The service is referred to as "hardship exception case."

The Sanitation Division will send a plow to clear a path on the sidewalk in front of the residence only. The walk from the sidewalk to a door is not cleared. The service is provided only when plowing operations are called, and only the public sidewalk is cleared. Driveways and side walkways on private property are not cleared by Sanitation crews. The charges will be included in the property tax bill.

For information on these services, call (414) 286-CITY (2489), email Sanitation@milwaukee.gov, or print and complete this form.