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DPW Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Truckload Sale
One Day Only - May 16, 2015!

It's back! On Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the City of Milwaukee will host a one-day-only compost bin and rain barrel truckload sale. Composting and rainwater harvesting are great ways to promote a healthy lawn and garden, reduce waste and save landfill space, save money on water costs, and reduce pollution.

This event will take place rain or shine in the parking lot east of the Wilson Park Senior Center at 2601 W. Howard Avenue, Milwaukee.  A limited number of Earth Machinetm compost bins and SYSTERN rain barrels will be available for $45 and $55 respectively (includes tax).  These prices represent a significant savings compared to regular retail prices of $100 and $120, respectively.  Kitchen collectors will also be available for sale for convenient collection of food waste in the home. 

Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.  The event is NOT restricted to City of Milwaukee residents.

A recent DPW demonstration study showed that households using backyard compost bins divert 25% of their food waste from the trash.  That's right - composting is a great way to reduce food waster!  In addition to composting yard waste such as leaves, grass clippings and garden debris, compost fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and filters, and other organic materials from your home.  For more information on composting and what materials may be composted, visit and search for "compost".  Help move Milwaukee forward towards a goal of raching 40% landfill diversion!

Harvesting rainwater is the perfect complement to composting efforts.  Did you know that one inch of rain falling on a 1,000 square-foot roof harvests up to 600 gallons of rainwater?  Watering your lawn and garden without turning on the tap conserves resources and helps you to save on your water bill. 

To learn more about rainwater harvesting, visit

Order Compost Bins and Rain Barrels from Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful

Compost Bin Order Form

More composting information and tips



Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Rain Barrel Sales

Many local retailers also distribute MMSD rain barrels.  Check out MMSD's WEBSITE for more information on pricing and locations.


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