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Winter weather conditions have ended regular curbside fall leaf collection for 2016.

Regular curbside collection of leaves and yard waste will resume in the spring of 2017 after the winter thaw. The actual start date is weather dependent and will be announced when that date is known.

YARD WASTE can BE BROUGHT TO one OF THE two YARD WASTE DROP OFF SITES available in the winter.




collection district maps - Find out where CREWS are in your neighborhood

Upon the start of the fall leaf collection season, crews will begin collecting from the area of the city with a Monday refuse collection day.

Once again, crews will not follow a set schedule. Crews begin the season collecting in the area of Madison with a Monday refuse collection day. Once the crews have serviced each street in that district once, they moved to the Tuesday refuse collection district. After the Tuesday district is complete, they move to the Wednesday district, then the Thursday district, and finally the Friday district. Crews will then start the rotation over again in the Monday district.

Residents are encouraged to use the maps linked below to track the progress of crews and to determine when to set their material curb side. Residents should note that in the fall, crews will make multiple passes through the city and will continue collecting leaves until weather conditions require crews to transition to other priorities. After the winter thaw in the Spring, each neighborhood receives two passes for curbside yard waste collection

Material can still be brought to the drop-off sites.

Use the links below to access maps of each collection district. These maps will provide more detailed information on where our crews are working. If we are not in your area, you can use the maps as a guide to estimate when to place the material curb side to minimize the amount of time it is on the curb.

I live on the East Side (includes downtown)

I live on the West Side

How should I put my leaves and yard waste out for collection?

  • Pile your leaves loose at the street edge.
    • If you prefer to bag your leaves, keep the bags open at the top and please use compostable paper leaf bags. This will help us identify what is in the bags and will speed collection.
    • If you use plastic bags, you must also keep the bags open at the top. And note that the bags will be slit open and the plastic bags will be either left on the terrace or placed into your refuse cart if it is available.
    • You may also cover your leaf piles with a tarp or other plastic sheeting to prevent them from blowing away.
  • Keep leaves separate from brush.
    • Brush should only be set out during normal brush collection periods. If brush collection has ended for the year, do not set out brush.
  • Avoid piling around or next too mail boxes, trees, and utility poles. Keep your leaf piles at least four feet away from any obstruction (when possible).
  • Do not put leaves in the street. It against Madison ordinances to place leaf piles in the street. You could be issued a citation from Building Inspection if you put your leaves directly in the street or gutter. When you put leaves in the street or gutter, they can be washed into our lakes where the nutrients contribute to algae growth.


Is this collection just for leaves?

No, we are also collecting yard and garden waste. Yard waste is grass clippings, leaves, plant debris and twigs less than 18" long. You can also place your pumpkins with your leaves for collection. Just add your pumpkins to your leave pile and they will be composted.