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Recycling Opportunities

Beyond the City of Milwaukee's curbside recycling program, various opportunities exist for recycling more materials, more often.

  • City of Milwaukee Self-Help Centers and Safe Disposal Centers
    If you are a City of Milwaukee resident, you may recycle or safely dispose of a long list of materials at one of the City's two Self- Help Centers.
  • Private Recycling Locations
    Some private facilities offer the public the opportunity to drop-off recyclables.
  • Donate Items for Reuse 
    Whether you are moving, dealing with the aftermath of a rummage sale, or simply have a few items that you would like to donate, this flyer provides a list of organizations that accept furniture, clothing, and other household goods.
  • Ideas for Reusing or Recycling Other Items
    Need to get rid of something that is not accepted through our curbside recycling program or at our Self-Help Centers? Browse our alphabetized list of items to find options for keeping your unwanted materials out of landfills by putting them to good use.


"Outstanding Achievement in Education"

City of Milwaukee DPW receives Award from Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin

"2011 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report"

2011 brought exciting changes to the recycling program, making it easier than ever to recycle more!  DPW rolled out its new Single-Sort recycling program and introduced the new materials accepted.  New recycling collection programs were implemented at City Self-Help Centers, allowing for greater landfill diversion.  All of these changes plus the continuation of improved collection schedules and a strong education campaign have contributed to a great year in recycling for Milwaukee!  For more details, view the 2011 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report".  

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

Preston Cole
Director of Operations