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Sanitation Services

COVID-19 Service Impacts

Curbside bulky pick up and street sweeping are suspended.

Garbage and recycling collection service will continue. While the intention is to remain on-schedule, residents should keep carts placed at the collection point until serviced. Sanitation crews will still collect up to 1 cubic yard outside of the cart.

Drop-Off Centers will remain open. Fees are suspended to minimize person-to-person contact and to assist the community who may be financially impacted by COVID-19. Confirm hours of operation.


Guidelines and Cart Information


Collection Schedules Recycling Information

Drop Off Centers


Hazardous Waste

Bulky Item Collection
Yard Waste and Composting


Elderly $ Disabled Assistance

Online Service Request

Sanitation is responsible for the collection and disposal of residential solid waste for approximately 190,000 households in the City of Milwaukee. Residents are assigned a designated date for their garbage and recycling collections.  Collection dates shift thoughout the year to accommodate City holidays.

The City’s curbside recycling program serving residents of single family through four-unit households is operated by Sanitation. The current collection system uses two methods: 95 gallon carts that are collected monthly for about 85% of households, and 18-gallon bins that are collected weekly for about 10% of households.

Sanitation Services is also responsible for snow and ice control, fall leaf collection, and street and alley cleaning. In the spring of the year, the section operates Project Clean & Green, a program that encourages neighborhoods to get rid of household clutter and “green up” their communities.