City of

District 16

Alder Michael J. Tierney

Alder Michael J. Tierney

Alder Michael J. Tierney

Contact Information

Home Address:

4534 Secret Garden Dr
McFarland , WI 53558

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Tierney’s Updates


July 24, 2014 9:01 AM


Recently, there has been a lot of interest in recycling.  I decided to go to the guru and talk to  George Dreckman, head of recycling for the City about some of the questions I had been hearing.

Q1 - Can we have our recycling picked up weekly and garbage picked up every other week?
A1 -  We cannot drop weekly collection of garbage, especially in the warmer months for public health reasons.  If we picked up recycling weekly in addition to our weekly trash pick up that would mean we would need $1.5 to 2 million in capital costs for more trucks plus $500,000 in salaries and benefits for additional operators, to pick up both weekly.

Q2- I overfill my recycling bin - How can I get a larger recycling container?
A2 - Go to  and request a larger container.  It easy and there is no charge.
Q3 - I heard of plans for a bio-digester is this true?
A3 -  It is true.  Madison has been involved in piloting a program to pick up organics for the past couple of years.  This year it was expanded to commercial and multi-family stops.  The organics have then been taken to a bio-digester in another City, for processing.  We really want to work out the kinks before launching a City wide organics pick up.  The great thing about the bio-gester is it will directly reduce the volume going to the landfill AND the methane produced at the digester could be used to assist in fueling the City fleet, reducing the need for gasoline.

Q4 - Where are the places I can dispose of extra recylcing.  I have placed some extra items in the garbage bin, and I don't want to do that.
Q4 - There are 3 drop off sites, the addresses and other information can be found at:

And finally:)  if you would like to keep abreast of what is going with recycling in your City - Join Waste Watchers:) go to:

Enjoy the Summer,

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