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UPDATE (5/23):

Curbside yard waste collection has ended for the spring. Do not put yard waste to the curb for pickup at this time.

Crews will not collect yard waste from the curb again until the fall.

To learn how to set out yard waste for collection you can watch the YouTube video or read the yard waste website.

Use the Pickup Schedule map to learn when you should place yard waste to the curb.


Yard waste includes:

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

Yard waste is not woody material trimmed from trees, shrubs, and bushes that measure over 18 inches in length. That material is brush.

Brush and yard waste are separate collections with different processing.



You can protect our lakes by managing your yard waste correctly.

When rain falls on leaf piles in the street, the water pulls nutrients from the leaves and drains them into our lakes and that contributes to toxic algae blooms, murky water, and weeds.

Following these steps will help protect our lakes.



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.

Pile leaves & yard waste at the street edge for collection.

Keep yard waste & leaves separate from brush. Piles of brush and yard waste mixed together will not be collected.


Covering & Bagging Leaves

You are not required to bag or cover your leaves. They can be left loose at the curb for collection, but never pile them in the street.

In order to keep your leaves from blowing into the street, you can choose to bag or cover them. See below for bagging and covering options

  • Compostable Paper Leaf Bags (Recommended) : Please leave bags open at the top so we can see what is inside.
    • Plastic bags should be left open at the top as well. Be advised bags will be left loose on the terrace. Some bags may need to be cut open.
  • 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.


When is my yard waste pickup?

Pickup Schedule







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.



Click here for yard waste pickup schedule.



Yard waste rules and regulations for downloading or printing:


Leave the Leaf

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.



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.