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The Streets Division uses a truck-mounted crane to collect large items, and we also use two-person crews to lift things from the curb. Following these below guidelines will help keep the workers safe and make the collection faster so crews disrupt traffic less.

  • Do not pile bagged trash or recyclables on top of large items or appliances set out for collection.
  • Keep items away from obstructions, including low hanging wires, trees, and street signs.
  • Keep metal items, such as filing cabinets or bed frames, separate from other material so they can be easily collected and recycled.

Residents in the downtown moving area with appliances, furniture, and other large items meant for collection are encouraged to begin placing them out for pickup starting on August 3, 2020 (and to use their scheduled collection for this week, too.)

Streets Division crews will begin collecting material on August 3, and will continue collection each work day until August 14,2020. 

Remember the Recycling Fee Sticker
Certain appliances, like microwaves, televisions and refrigerators, need  a recycling fee sticker.  Certain times, like televisions and computers must be dropped off.

Remember to order fee stickers early to allow time for delivery

A list of the appliances and other items that require a fee sticker can be found in the Recyclopedia and on the Streets Division’s website.

Drop-off Sites
Residents that have more recycling or trash than can fit into the carts can bring the excess to a Streets Division drop-off site.

Residents can bring one load a day of refuse, recycling, large items, or the other items accepted at the drop-off site.

The single load cannot be larger than what would fit into a standard pick-up truck bed or small single-axle trailer. Loads larger than those guidelines will be denied access.

The drop-off sites are located at 4602 Sycamore Ave. and 1501 W. Badger Rd.

In order to use the sites, individuals must provide proof they are a resident of the City of Madison. Many individuals show their driver’s license, but other official documents like utility bills or rental agreements can work as well.

The drop-off sites are open 7:30am to 2:50pm Monday to Friday. The sites are open 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday.

Due to ongoing restrictions and the limited hours, individuals using the drop-off sites should expect to encounter long lines.

Additional Information
If there are questions, all residents are encouraged to contact the Streets Division.

Residents who live east of S. Park Street, and that includes the isthmus, should call 608-246-4532.

Residents west of S. Park Street, and that includes the neighborhoods around Camp Randall, should call 608-266-4681.

Additional information can also be found on the Streets Division’s Moving Days website, the Streets Division’s television and electronics recycling website, and the Recyclopedia.

Don’t forget to watch and share the Streets Division’s YouTube video on how to have a fast and safe move out.