City of
Madison

District 19

Alder Keith Furman

Alder Keith Furman

Alder Keith Furman

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5328 Lake Mendota Dr
Madison , WI 53705

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Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
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Streets Division Update (MLK Day and Final Chance for Christmas Tree Pickup)

January 16, 2019 10:42 AM

Some updates from Streets Division about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday) and final chance for Christmas Tree Pickup:

No Refuse, Recycling, or Drop-off Services on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

There will be no refuse or recycling collection on Monday, January 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday.  The drop-off sites will also be closed. 

Madison residents who normally have their refuse and recycling collected on Mondays should instead place their carts to the curb for collection by 7am on Tuesday, January 22.  Only residents within the Monday district will have their collection of refuse and recycling delayed due to the holiday. 

Refuse and recycling for the Tuesday district will also be collected on January 22. 

Since the Streets Division will be collecting refuse and recycling from both the Monday and Tuesday districts on January 22, it is essential that residents in these areas place their carts out for pickup prior to 7am.  Due to the additional workload, Streets Division crews may not be able to go back to collect carts set out after 7am. Late carts may have to wait until their next scheduled collection day for pick up. 

In order to collect refuse and recycling from the Monday and Tuesday districts on January 22, Streets Division crews will be diverted from their normal tasks. Due to this, other services, such as large item and Christmas tree collection, may be temporarily delayed. 

The City of Madison drop-off sites will also be closed on January 21. The drop-off sites will reopen for winter hours on 7:30am on January 22.  The sites are located at 1501 W. Badger Rd. on the southwest side and 4602 Sycamore Av. on the east side. 

Information about all of the Streets Division's recycling and solid waste services, including additional information on drop-off site hours, is available at our web site www.cityofmadison.com/streets.

Final Chance for Christmas Tree Collection

The Streets Division will begin the final round of Christmas tree collection starting on January 22. 

Residents who wish to have their trees collected at the curb should have them out and ready for pickup by 7am on January 22.

Trees that have been set out at this time and in accordance to the below rules will likely be collected sometime between January 22 and February 8, depending on workload, weather conditions, and crew availability. 

Placing a tree to the curb after 7am January 22 may result in missing the final curbside collection opportunity.  Trees set out late may not be collected until the regular brush collection begins in the spring.

The Rules for Christmas Tree Collection

Failure to follow the below list of rules may result in the tree not being collected.

  • Remove all tree stands regardless if they are metal, plastic, or wood.
  • Remove all tree decorations such as lights, ornaments, or other metal objects.
  • Remove any tree bags, and any other foreign object.

The above listed items may damage the wood chipping equipment used to process collected trees, so they must be removed.

Where to Place Your Tree for Collection

Trees must be placed at the public road edge, and must be accessible by collection crews.

What Happens if It Snows

The Streets Division is the primary agency responsible for servicing city streets during snow and ice events.  If conditions require, crews will be diverted from tree collection to assist with maintaining the roads. This may slow down the collection process.

Residents are reminded to remove trees from the snow if they become buried. Collection crews will not be able to collect ones that are concealed or inaccessible due to snow.

Wreaths, Boughs, Etc.

Wreaths, evergreen rope, garlands, and boughs will not be collected with Christmas trees. Do not place them at the curb for pickup. Place these into the refuse container for disposal.  Evergreen decorations like wreaths and so on likely contain wires that can damage the wood chipping equipment, and they may also contain an invasive species.

Drop-off Sites

Madison residents may also bring their Christmas trees to one of the Streets Division drop-off sites.  The sites are located at 1501 W. Badger Rd. on the southwest side and at 4602 Sycamore Ave. on the east side.  The drop-off sites are open from 7:30am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday.

Additional Information

Additional information regarding tree collection, and other winter-related city operations, can be found on the City of Madison's Winter website, www.cityofmadison.com/winter.

As always, if there is anything I can do to help, feel free to reach out: district19@cityofmadison.com

-Keith F




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