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Alder Samba Baldeh

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Alder Samba Baldeh

Contact Information

Home Address:

5150 Crescent Oaks Dr
Madison , WI 53704

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 Baldeh’s Blog

Final Round of Christmas Tree Collection

January 16, 2017 3:00 PM

No Refuse or Recycling Collection on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

There will be no refuse or recycling collection today (Monday, January 16) in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday.  The drop off sites will also be closed.

Madison residents who normally have their refuse and recycling collected on Mondays should instead place their carts to the curb for collection by 7am on Tuesday, January 17.  Only residents within the Monday district will have their collection of refuse and recycling delayed due to the holiday. Refuse and recycling for the Tuesday district will also be collected on January 17.

Final Round of Christmas Tree Collection Begins January 17th

The final round curbside Christmas tree collection will begin on Tuesday, January 17th.  Residents wishing to have their Christmas tree collected curbside must have their tree to the curb prior to 7am on January 17 in order to take advantage of this service. 

Placing your Christmas tree to the curb after January 17 could result in missing this final round of collection.  Trees that are set out after the final round of tree collection will likely remain on the terrace until regular brush collection begins in the spring.  You can also take your tree the Sycamore (4602 Sycamore Ave - sites open 7:30am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday) drop-off site. 

Trees not following the collection rules outlined below will also not be collected by city crews.

Tree collection crews will begin the final round on January 17 by collecting trees from residents who have a Monday refuse collection.  After the crews collect from each street within the Monday refuse collection district one time, they will rotate to the area of the city that has a Tuesday refuse collection.  After the Tuesday district is complete, crews will then move to the Wednesday refuse collection district, followed by the Thursday district, and concluding with the Friday district.  The Streets Division anticipates that this final round will be completed by February 1.

Collection Rules
Trees are processed with expensive wood chippers. These machines can be easily damaged by metal, wire, and other foreign material. To protect this equipment and the safety of our workers we ask that all residents follow these rules.  Failure to follow these rules will result in your tree being left at the curb.

·        Remove all tree stands regardless of whether they are wood, plastic, or metal.

·        Remove all light strings, ornaments and other metal objects.

·        Remove any tree bags.

·        Place trees at the street edge only.

·        If trees become buried under snow residents are asked to dig out trees.

You can also get information regarding Christmas tree collection by visiting the city street website,, or by calling the brush collection hotline at 608-267-2088. 

Television Recycling Fee Now $15

The Streets Division would like to remind the residents of the City of Madison that the recycling fee for televisions is now $15 per unit.

Televisions are banned from the landfill due the hazardous material inside them and they must be recycled.  They should never be placed into one of the curbside collection carts, either.  City of Madison residents must bring their televisions to one of the Streets Division drop-off sites for the City to recycle it. 

In order to recycle a television with the Streets Division, residents must first obtain a $15 recycling fee sticker for each TV they need to recycle.  Stickers can be purchased at any city of Madison public library, the Treasurer's Office in the City-County Building, or at either Streets Division office. Stickers can also be purchased online at  Stickers do not print on demand from the website, and they will be mailed to you after a successful purchase.

After the sticker has been obtained, you must affix it to the television and bring the TV with sticker to a drop-off site.

City of Madison residents or taxpayers that have a $10 sticker to recycle a television will need to obtain an additional $5 appliance sticker in order to meet the new $15 fee.

All other appliance fees for the City of Madison will remain the same at this time. For a complete list of items requiring an additional fee, please visit our website: 


City Sand Available to Maintain Sidewalks

The recent winter storms have left many of the public sidewalks ice-covered and slippery. City ordinances requires property owners to treat sidewalks with sand and/or salt to provide traction when the ice cannot be removed. Sand provides better traction during colder temperatures.

You can find free sand at Sycamore Park (In the parking lot across from the Streets Division offices at 4602 Sycamore Ave.) For other locations visit:


City Jobs
For those who may be interested in city jobs, below are some open positions

Crosswalk Painter-
General –
Golf -
Streets yard waste -

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