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Moving Days

On August 14th and 15th leases for most downtown area apartments are up. That means that thousands of folks will be moving out of their old apartments and into new ones.

Donate Your Usable Goods
Many renters find that they have many usable items they no longer need such as clean clothing, functional household items, small furniture, unopened nonperishable food, and kitchen items. Instead of throwing those items out when you move, we have organized several places where you can donate usable items in the downtown area.

Please, no sofa sleepers, televisions, computer equipment or junk, just items that can be reused.

Just bring your usable goods to the following location on the dates listed and they will be put to good use by St. Vincent De Paul.

Downtown Drop Off Sites For Usable Goods:

  • U Haul Parking Lot
    602 W. Washington AV.
    • Tuesday August 11th 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.
    • Wednesday August 12th 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.
    • Thursday August 13th 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
    • Friday August 14th 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

  • N. Mills and W. Dayton ( UW Lot 45 )
    • Tuesday August 11th 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.
    • Wednesday August 12th 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.
    • Thursday August 13th 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
    • Friday August 14th 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Accepted items include: clothes, shoes, functional electronics, furniture, kitchen ware, utensils, and other household items.

No televisions, computer monitors, mattresses, box springs, futons, or large appliances. (For TV and Computer information see below)

Apartment Building Sites

Goodwill donation stations have been set up at the following apartment buildings

    • The Embassy
    • The Equinox
    • 420 Gorham
    • X01
    • Humbucker
    • La Ville
    • Park Regent
    • Vantage Point

The use of these apartment building donation stations are limited to residents of the respective buildings.

Free Computer and Electronics Recycling Drop Off

An e-waste recycling site will be set up in Lot 45 to accept electronics, working or not, including computers, monitors, TV's phones, small appliances, and game systems, for recycling by the UW–Madison We Conserve program.

Lot 45 is located off N. Mills St near W. Dayton.


For information on recycling electronics at other times through the City of Madison

University of Wisconsin Donate & Take Event

The University of Wisconsin We Conserve program is sponsoring a donate and take event on campus. People on the move can drop off items for reuse and search for materials they need. No mattresses, box springs or futons please.


UW–Madison Lot 41 (1820 University AV.) (UW Foundation Parking Lot)

St. James School (Milton and S. Charter Streets)


  • Tuesday August 11 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 12 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thursday August 13 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday August 14 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Fill 'Em Up & Roll 'Em Out

Carts The Streets Division will be emptying refuse and recycling carts everyday between Monday August 10th through Friday August 14th. Fill up your carts according to the guidelines below and roll them to the curb anytime this week.

We will empty your carts so you can fill them up again. You may fill up your refuse and recycling carts and roll them out as often as you like during the week of August 11th.

Using your carts for refuse and recycling is easier than lugging lots of bags or loose material to the curb. It will keep your neighborhood cleaner and make this year's move out the easiest ever.

On Sunday August 16th there will be a special pick up in the downtown area. We will be collecting refuse, recycling, and large items on 8/16.


Hundreds of tons of trash will make its way to the curb in a three day period. The Streets Division needs your help to make this year's move out as orderly as possible. Please follow these guidelines when placing trash and recycling at the curb during the move out.

  • Do NOT put trash in cardboard boxes. Boxes must be flattened and bundled for recycling.
  • Keep refuse and large items separate when placed at the curb.
  • Nothing but recycling in your green recycling cart. Do not put recycling in your tan refuse cart.
  • Put all recycling at the curb in the green recycling cart or clear plastic bags. No loose piles of recycling.
  • Do Not Take The Recycling or Refuse Carts. The Carts belong to the City and must remain behind when you move. There will be carts at your new apartment if you will be using City recycling services.
  • Do not pile bagged trash or large items around your recycling or refuse carts.
  • Put all refuse at the curb in your tan refuse cart or trash bags. No loose piles of trash/garbage.
  • Do not pile bagged 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, require a fee for collection.


Call (608)246-4532 East or (608)266-4681 West.
Sell or Give Away Usable Items or Find Bargains for Your New Apartment 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
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