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Self-Help Drop-Off Centers

City of Milwaukee residents have two convenient locations where they can recycle or safely dispose of a wide variety of residential refuse.  To use the Self-Help Drop-Off Center, at least one occupant in the vehicle must provide proof of City of Milwaukee residency (click here for acceptable forms of proof).  The driver of the vehicle must also have a valid driver's license issued within the United States.  No contractors or commercial vehicles are allowed on the premises to dump (click here for a listing of prohibited vehicles)The Self-Help Drop-Off Centers are located at:

  • 6660 N. Industrial Road
  • 3879 W. Lincoln Avenue

Items accepted at both locations:

  • Recycled
    • Used motor oil and oil filters
    • Used cooking oil
    • Used antifreeze
    • Automotive batteries
    • Asphalt roofing shingles (guidelines)*
    • Electronics - see list (residential only)
    • Appliances
    • Scrap metal
    • Tires (up to 5 passenger tires)
    • Corrugated cardboard
    • Recyclables: plastic containers #1, 2, 4 & 5; bulky #2 plastics (e.g. 5-gal buckets); aluminum containers, foil & pans; cartons; glass bottles & jars; metal pots & pans; steel cans & empty aerosol cans; newspaper, magazines, paperback & phone books, paperboard, junk mail
    • Shoes - paired; any type except for high heels
    • Concrete*
  • Composted
    • Brush
    • Grass clippings
    • Leaves and garden debris

Self-Help Centers charge $20 per load for waste defined as "Construction Debris"  certain restrictions apply (en Español

Cash and Credit/Debit Cards are accepted (NO CHECKS)

In addition to the City's Self-Help Centers, private locations in the Milwaukee area may also accept unwanted items.


Self-Help Centers

                   Summer Hours

April 6 through November 21, 2015

      Tuesdays - Sundays:  7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

      Mondays:  Closed

Closed on the following City holidays:

      Memorial Day: Monday, May 25

      Independence Day: July 3 & 4

      Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 7


Call (414) 286-CITY (2489) for more information


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