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Garbage & Recycling Collection Schedules

New garbage and recycling schedules are now in effect beginning Monday, April 6, 2015 through March 31, 2016.  Residents must roll their garbage and recycling carts to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the designated collection day. Sanitation crews will not collect the carts from their storage areas. Please note your day of garbage collection will change after each city holiday and furlough day.

Guaranteed Summer Recycling Schedules – Citywide!

 From mid-April  to Thanksgiving, residents will receive recycling pickup on guaranteed dates. Most households serviced with carts will receive collection every three weeks. Residents serviced with bins will continue to receive once per week collection.

Guaranteed recycling schedule program:

  • Carts must be rolled to collection points on designated pickup dates

  • Carts picked up more frequently than past once per month program

  • More frequent collection will increase recycling capacity to accommodate those extra recyclables that used to pile up between pickups

  • Increased recycling means that we are sending less to landfills, which saves the City money and helps to lower fees and taxes for everyone

How will I know when my collection dates are?

Look for collection schedules which will be placed on your recycling cart in the spring, or check the online schedule to look up your next recycling and garbage collection dates beginning April 7. Thanks for recycling! Together we are helping to keep Milwaukee Clean & Green.

Look up your next Garbage & Recycling Collection Scheduled pickup dates by address.

Weekend Cleanup Box Program:
Runs April 18 to July 25.

Project Clean & Green:
This citywide spring clean-up program starts April 13 and ends June 1, 2015. This is your opportunity to throw out excess trash and debris at no extra cost.  Click here to find out your Clean & Green date.

2015 City Holidays

There is NO garbage or recycling collection on the following City Holidays:

  • Good Friday:  April 3

  • Memorial Day: May 25

  • Independence Day:  July 3 & 4

  • Labor Day:  September 7

  • Thanksgiving:  November 26 & 27

  • Christmas Eve & Day:  December 24 & 25

  • New Year's Eve & Day:  December 31, 2015 & January 1, 2016

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 18, 2016



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