Downtown Moving Days Are Here

Monday, August 4, 2008 - 10:25am

What To Do With Your Trash and Recycling

It is time for the annual downtown move out and there are a lot of things for movers and others to consider. Activity is expected to begin this weekend and peak on Thursday August 14th when most renters have to be out of their apartments.

"We really need everyone's help so we can get things cleaned up and keep the downtown looking good," recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. "We will be handling approximately 800 tons of trash during the move out, so we need everyone's cooperation to make things work smoothly.

In order to make the removal of trash easier for collection crews residents are asked to follow these simple guidelines:
Do NOT put trash in cardboard boxes.
Boxes must be flattened and placed in the green recycling carts or bundled for recycling.

Keep refuse and recycling separate when placed at the curb. Do not pile trash or large items around the refuse or recycling carts.
Do not place trash in recycling carts.
Put all refuse at the curb in the tan refuse carts, or trash bags.
No loose piles of trash/garbage.
Do not pile trash or recyclables on top of furniture or appliances.

Keep larger metal items separate from other material so that it can be recycled.

Most appliances, including microwaves, TV's, and computer monitors require a fee for collection.

Donation Stations

The City of Madison has partnered with University Health Services, St. Vincent DePaul, and Goodwill to provide drop off donation centers downtown where movers can donate reusable items and food they no longer need.
"This is our sixth year as a member of the Moving Days coalition," Madison Recycling Center George Dreckmann said. "The Coalition offers movers a chance to give their unwanted items new life instead of tossing them in the trash."
The donation sites and dates of operation are;

August 11th through August 14th

Holy Redeemer Parking Lot 120 W. Johnson

UW Lot 51 Behind McDonald's on Regent St.

The above sites are open 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day
August 11th through August 14th
Corner of Broom and W. Mifflin in front of Capitol Centre Foods

This site is open 8/11 - 8/13 and from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and 8/14 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Additional information is available at the City of Madison web site or by calling 267-2626.

Clean Streets/Clean Lakes Parking Information

The City of Madison will suspend enforcement of the Clean Streets/Clean Lakes (CS/CL) parking restrictions in the 13th, 6th, and parts of the 2nd Aldermanic Districts on August 14th and August 15th because of the move out.
The CS/CL restrictions are four hour no parking zones in effect from May 1st through November 15th.
"The Clean Streets/Clean Lakes parking restrictions are in place to allow our street sweepers to get to the curb to remove debris," Dreckmann said. "With all the activity during the move out our sweepers would add to the traffic congestion and we will be keeping them out of the area the 14th and 15th."

Enforcement of the CS/CL restrictions will resume on August 18th. All other parking restrictions in the downtown will be enforced during the move out.

Sell or Give Away Useable Items on the Madison Stuff Exchange

Because so many people are moving into new apartments, the demand for used furniture and other household items will be very high. That makes this a great time to list items you no longer use on the Madison Stuff Exchange.

"Area residents should take advantage of the influx of new residents by listing unwanted household items on the Madison Stuff Exchange," Dreckmann said. "This free web sites is also a great place for new residents to find items for their apartment."

Residents of Madison and Dane County can register to use the site at no charge. Items can be given away or offered for sale. There is a maximum sale price of $99 for any item and businesses may not use the site to sell their products or services. Residents looking for items can also register and post their wanted list on line.

The address of the Madison Stuff Exchange is


  • George Dreckmann267-2626