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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.


2013 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report

Did you know:  From 2009 to 2013, recycling pounds per Milwaukee household increased by 19.6%, continuing a string of annual increases in tons of recyclables recovered!

Also in 2013, the City of Milwaukee and Waukesha County signed an intergovernmental agreement to seek proposals for a Regional Recycling System for the Processing and Marketing of Single Stream Recyclables.  The process resulted in signing a second intergovernmental agreement as well as a contract with a company called ReCommunity to jointly process Single-Sort recyclables for the City and County utilizing new, state of the art recycling equipment in the City’s existing building in the Menomonee Valley.  The facility is expected to be operational by spring of 2015.

 Read about these highlights and much more in the 2013 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report.