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Drop Off Centers

The City of Milwaukee Drop Off Centers allow for the safe disposal and recycling of a wide variety of residential waste. The Drop Off Centers have evolved over the years to accommodate the separation and recycling of many material streams in order to steward resources and landfill space for the public benefit.

Users of the Drop Off Centers should expect the following:

  • Staff will inspect the load from outside and only ask visitors to open doors for load verification when necessary (for example, a box truck door).
  • Drop Off Center users will not receive staff assistance unloading their vehicle

A new fee schedule was adopted September 3, 2019. Please see our brochure for more information (en español)The fee for tires is currently waived with a limit of five tires being accepted by one party.

Drop Off Center Locations

  • South: 3879 W Lincoln Avenue
  • North: 6660 N Industrial Road (must enter Industrial Road from Mill Road)


Hours of Operation


April 7 - November 23, 2024

Open Tuesday through Sunday

7:00 A.M. through 3:00 P.M.




November 24, 2024 - April 5, 2025

Open Tuesday through Saturday

7:00 A.M. through 3:00 P.M.

Closed on City Holidays

  • New Year's Day

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Good Friday and Easter Sunday (Open Saturday)

  • Memorial Day

  • Juneteenth Day

  • Independence Day

  • Labor Day

  • Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday)

  • Christmas (Eve and Day)


In order to help offset the cost of processing materials brought to the Drop Off Centers, a fee schedule is authorized under Milwaukee Code of Ordinances 79-14.5. The load size fees are based off of an approximation of the volume of the material being brought in (measured in cubic yards).

Fees are based on the volume of the load being brought in (measured in cubic yards). The vehicle and trailer references are to help give an approximation of how large of a volume those vehicles/trailers typically have.

As an example, a passenger car sized load is generally less than 1 cubic yard if the contents are packed in the trunk and/or backseat of the vehicle; this would be a load free of charge.

However, if a passenger car were to have a full trunk and have two mattresses on the roof of the car, this would increase the load size to over 1 cubic yard (closer to the load size of a Truck/Minivan/SUV), and would incur a $20 fee.

Normal recyclable materials and scrap metal are free of charge regardless of volume.

The payment booth accepts cash, debit, and all major credit cards.

Load Size Approximation/Item


Less than 1 cubic yard/yd3

Passenger Car


1 -3 yd3

Pickup Truck


3-6 yd3

Small Trailer/Tall Truck


6-10 yd3

Large Trailer/Small Box Truck


10-18 yd3

Large Box Truck/Enclosed Trailer



Less than 6 yd3 free!



 Maximum of 3

$5 each


Maximum of 5


Load sizes are approximated by Drop Off Center staff to help expedite entry. All loads are priced separately. Load size is determined by staff and is non-negotiable. Staff reserves the right to deny acess depending on load,vehicle type, or conduct. 

Televisions, regardless of cubic yard size, are charged based on quantity.

Wood Chips

Wood chips resulting from City of Milwaukee Forestry pruning operations are available at no cost at each location. Availability is not guaranteed. 

Accepted Items


  • Antifreeze
  • Appliances
  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Car batteries
  • Concrete
  • Cooking oil
  • Electronics (TVs maximum of 3, $5 per TV)
  • Large corrugated cardboard
  • Motor oil and filters
  • Recyclables normally accepted curbside
  • Scrap metal
  • Tires (maximum of 5 passenger tires)


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



The Drop Off Centers are available to City of Milwaukee residents and property owners. Current State or City issued photo identification is required. A property tax bill or recent utility bill can also be used if your State issued identification shows an address outside of City limits; the name on the bill must match that on the ID that you provide.

Those wishing to access the Drop Off Centers that own property in the City, but reside outside of the City, can complete a Property Ownership Form and bring it to either Drop Off Center office for supervisor approval (forms are available onsite as well). This form can then be used in the future as proof of eligibility.

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.

Certain vehicles will not be allowed access to the Drop Off Centers. These include, but are not limited to vehicles with:

  • box trucks over 16 feet in length
  • trailers over 16 feet in length
  • dual rear-axles
  • flatbed, utility, dump, or semi trucks
  • vehicles containing 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
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