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Curbside Garbage Collection

Curbside collection was instituted in the 1993 city budget and has resulted in approximate savings each year of $700,000.

Residents with curb side garbage collection (no alleys) are required to place their garbage carts at the curb by 7:00 a.m. the day of collection, and return it to the storage area by 10:00 p.m. the same day. This affects about half of the 210,000 households in Milwaukee.

Households with alleys are not required to move their carts to the curb because their carts are stored and emptied at the alley line.

Garbage collection days may change each spring as collection routes are reconfigured.

Collection of recyclables remains on the usual schedule.

Sanitation crews attach garbage collection schedules to all residential garbage carts in early spring.


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