City of
Madison

The fall period of curbside fall leaf and yard waste collection began on Monday, September 25.

Curbside collection will continue rotating through the collection districts as long as weather permits.

Small snow events will not halt curbside collection. Generally speaking, weather halts curbside yard waste collection when curbside piles cannot be seen due to accumulated snowfall.

 

When is my yard waste pickup?

Pickup Schedule

Guidelines

Pile your leaves & yard waste at the street edge.

Do not put leaves in the street. Leaves in the street or gutter are washed into our lakes, where the nutrients contribute to algae growth.

Covering & Bagging Leaves

  • Compostable Paper Leaf Bags: Please leave bags open at the top so we can see what is inside.
  • Plastic Bags: Please leave bags open at the top. Bags will be slit open and either left on the terrace or put in refuse cart.
  • Tarp or Plastic Sheet Cover: You may also cover your leaf piles with a tarp or other plastic sheeting to prevent them from blowing away.

Yard Waste vs. Brush

Please separate yard waste & leaves from brush.

Yard waste includes:

  • Leaves, weeds, garden trimmings, and other plant debris.
  • Twigs less than 18" long.
  • Pumpkins, crab apples, pine cones, etc.

Brush includes:

  • Tree and shrub trimmings over 18" in length.

Rounds

Crews will complete at least three rounds in the Fall, and two rounds in the Spring, dependent on weather.

The start date of the Spring and Fall rounds will be announced when the date is known.

Drop-Off Sites

Residents may also bring yard waste to a drop-off site.

Leave the Leaf

When rain falls on curbside leaf piles, the water pulls nutrients from the leaves and drains them into our lakes. These excess nutrients contribute to the algae blooms we see in the summer.

Consider using your leaves as mulch or compost. By reducing the nutrients drained into our lakes, you can keep those nutrients in your property and improve your lawn and soil quality.

Learn about how to repurpose leaves and yard waste to benefit the environment and your own home.

 

RIPPLE EFFECTS

You can learn even more about what you can do to protect our lakes and streams on the Ripple Effects website. Ripple Effects is maintained by the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership (MAMSWaP) and the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department.