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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 (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

Hours of Operation

Summer Hours:

April 3 through November 26, 2016

Tuesday-Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Closed Monday

(Please Note:  Household Hazardous Waste is accepted at the Self-Help Centers from Thursday thru Saturday Only)

Closed on the following days for City holidays:

  • May 30 - Memorial Day
  • July 4 - Independence Day
  • September 5 - Labor Day
  • November 24 & November 25 - Thanksgiving
  • December 23 & 26: Christmas
  • December 30 & January 2, 2017 - New Year's

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