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Fall Leaf Collection Schedule

Fall Leaf Collection Schedule

City of Milwaukee residents may rake leaves into the street from October 1 through November 15 for pickup by Department of Public Works Sanitation crews. After November 15, leaves can be taken to one of the City's Self-Help Centers. City crews will wrap up leaf collection efforts on November 25.

Residents are asked to rake their leaves into the curb lanes for collection. After November 15, Sanitation crews will still pick up remaining leaf piles as long as weather permits through November 25. If you still have leaves not yet raked into the road, you must bag them and take them to a Self-Help Center for disposal.

For more information, call (414) 286-CITY (2489). You can always make other special pickup requests online, at any time of day, using DPW's online service request.

Sanitation Services offers these tips for successful leaf collections:

  • Do not put leaves in plastic bags - empty them into the curb lane. Leaves are composted but plastic bags do not decompose
  • Put Halloween pumpkins in your garbage cart or on a compost pile, not on leaf piles in the street
  • Please keep debris, such as flowers and vegetable plants, on top of your leaf piles at the curb
  • Do not put brush in the leaf piles. Call (414) 286-CITY (2489) for a special brush pickup or fill out an online service request. Brush can also be taken to one of the City's Self-Help Centers.
  • Keep piles away from sewer grates
  • Keep debris away from storm drains in the street
  • Large amounts of branches should be piled away from overhanging trees

Off-Season Leaf Removal

In the off season leaves may be taken to a Self-Help Center location. Please refer to our Self-Help Centers for locations and hours of operations. Brush can also be taken to one of the City's Self-Help Centers.

Recycle Leaves and Grass

Shred leaves with your lawnmower and leave them on the grass or compost them. Grass clippings left on the lawn will nourish the soil, too. 



Extra Cart Fee. Beginning January 1, 2014 households with more than one garbage cart will incur a $15 per quarter charge for each additional garbage cart.

To avoid this charge, contact the Call Center at 286-CITY (2489) to request the City remove the extra garbage carts from your property. There is no extra charge for more than one recycling cart.

Construction Related Material Charge.  There is a charge for all City residents bringing construction related material into the self help stations. This includes roofing material, brick, stones, concrete, lumber, drywall, paneling and other construction material.

The charge is $20 for up to 8 cubic yards, and $40 for 8-16 cubic yards.  (16 cubic yard maximum.)  No contractor vehicles allowed.

Bulky Changes.  City crews will only pick up one (1) cubic yard of extra material placed out for pickup on your designated collection day. This is about the size of an easy chair.  Call 286-CITY (2489) to request pickup of larger piles for a fee. See the self help page for more information



Operations Division
Room 501
Zeidler Municipal Building
841 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Preston Cole
Director of Operations