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Drop Off Center Changes Coming September 3rd

A new fee structure and admittance policy will be coming into effect Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The changes include the following:

Fees based on volume of items being brought into the Drop Off Center
Loads under 1 cubic yard (except TVs and tires) will be free of charge
Normal recyclable materials and scrap metal remain free of charge.
Brush under 6 cubic yards will be free of charge
Escalating fees for larger volume loads
TVs and tires are charged on a per item basis

Entry is allowed to those who can show proof of City of Milwaukee residency or proof that they own property in the City. City of Milwaukee property owners who do not reside in the City will be directed to complete a property ownership form before they are allowed access to the Drop Off Centers

Milwaukee County residents access to the Household Hazardous Waste program operated by Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District will continue; please visit their website for addtional information

You can find a brochure with additional information about the changes here (en español).

Drop Off Centers

Visit either Drop Off Center to recycle or safely dispose of a wide variety of residential waste. While in the past these centers have been called Self-Help Centers or "the dump", both locations offer a wide variety of disposal options making these sites functioning resource recovery parks. Over 50% of the materials dropped off at these sites are reused, recycled, or composted. Centers are available for City residents to dispose of residential refuse. Fees apply for disposing of construction and demolition wastes.

Drop Off Center Locations

North - 6660 N Industrial Road - must enter Industrial Road from Mill Road

South - 3879 W Lincoln Avenue

  Summer Hours Winter Hours  
  April 2, 2019 - November 23, 2019 Beginning November 24, 2019  
  Tuesday - Sunday 7 AM - 3 PM Tuesday - Saturday 7 AM - 3 PM  
  Monday CLOSED Sunday - Monday CLOSED  

CLOSED on City Holidays

  New Year's Eve & Day Independence Day  
  Martin Luther King Jr. Day Labor Day  
  Good Friday & Easter Sunday 
open Saturday as usual
Thanksgiving & Following Friday
Christmas Eve & Day
  Memorial Day    

Accepted Items


  • Antifreeze
  • Car batteries
  • Motor oil and filters
  • Tires (up to 5 passenger tires)

  • Appliances
  • Scrap Metal

  • Asphalt Shingles*
  • Concrete*


  • Brush and branches
  • Grass clippings
  • Garden debris
  • Leaves
  • Logs


  • Garbage
  • Old furniture and mattresses
  • Construction or remodeling debris*

*Certain restrictions and fees apply to construction and demolition related items.

**Maximum 3 TVs

Household Hazardous Waste is collected at the Lincoln Avenue Center, Thursday - Saturday. This is a program operated through the Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). Additional HHW collection sites are also available.


This service is only available to City of Milwaukee residents. A vehicle occupant must present a valid ID that shows residency within City limits or a property tax or utility bill to a Solid Waste Fee paying household within the City limits where the name on the bill matches the name on the ID.  Milwaukee County residents are permitted to utilize the Household Hazardous Waste program operated by Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, please visit their website for locations and hours of operation.

NO CONTRACTORS OR INDIVIDUALS PERFORMING COMMERCIAL SERVICES ARE ALLOWED! Certain vehicles will not be allowed access to the Drop Off Centers. These include, but are not limited to vehicles with:

  • any type of business or commercial name, logo, or contact information
  • ladders or side-walls
  • dual rear-axles
  • flatbed, utility, dump, or semi trucks
  • non-verifiable contents
  • loads that are not safely contained or secured or large trailers which cannot maneuver easily throughout the yard
  • box trucks where the load cannot be fully inspected