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Alder Keith Furman

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Council President

Alder Keith Furman,
Council President

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Madison, WI 53703
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Mulch, Drop-off Sites and 5567 Odana Road Virtual Neighborhood Meeting Reminder

April 22, 2020 1:15 PM

Some updates to share from the Street Division and a reminder about tomorrow's virtual neighborhood meeting about a redevelopment project at 5567 Odana Road. 

Limited Amount of Mulch to be Available in Parks for Residents on Temporary Basis

The Streets Division will place a limited amount of mulch in six City of Madison parks for residents to use.

Mulch will be piled at the below locations by 3:00pm on April 24. Check the website for mulch in the parks to learn when the sites were last filled.

The brush processing facility at 121 E. Olin Ave. remains closed to the public to obtain mulch or dispose brush.

Mulch availability at the parks locations is not guaranteed as supply is limited.  Streets Division staff will restock the sites as material is available for distribution.  The ability to produce mulch has been hampered also due to equipment breakdowns and complications in arranging repairs due to the ongoing pandemic.

Mulch in the parks is a temporary arrangement between the Streets Division and the Parks Division while the brush processing center at 121 E. Olin Ave is closed.  The "mulch in the parks" program is expected last until approximately June 21, 2020.

Check the Website before Heading to Mulch Site

Residents are encouraged to check the Streets Division's mulch website before going to a site to see when the site was last filled.

Mulch is not guaranteed to be present at these locations as demand is expected to be high.

The volume of mulch available to be placed into the parks will vary depending on many factors. Sites are not guaranteed to be immediately restocked once the site is empty.

As the sites are re-filled, the website dedicated to mulch in the parks will be updated.

Maintain Social Distance

Residents must adhere to social distancing guidelines when at the sites. This is for your health, as well as the health of all Madisonians. 

Site Restrictions

The mulch is intended for Madison residents only.

No bobcats or other machinery can be used when loading.

Residents will need their own shovel and container to carry the mulch.

Mulch Site Locations

The following locations will be used for mulch for residents:

  • Elver Park
    • Southeast corner in second parking lot near the pond
  • Garner Park
    • Southwest corner
  • Olin Park
    • Southeast corner by the woods
  • Olbrich Park
    • On the lake side near tennis courts
  • Warner Park
    • Southwest corner of parking lots off N. Sherman near ball fields
  • Sycamore Park
    • Southwest corner of lot
    • This is not the mulch at the Sycamore drop-off sites.


Streets Division Drop-off Sites Set to Re-Open April 24 with New Restrictions

Sites will have modified hours and limited number of residents allowed in at one time

On April 24, 2020 the Streets Division drop-off sites for Madison residents will re-open with new restrictions and new hours to help keep residents and staff safe.

The drop-off sites that are set to open are 1501 W. Badger Rd, 4602 Sycamore Ave, and the yard waste only site at 402 South Point Rd.

The Streets Division offices will remain closed to walk-in customers. The brush processing and mulch site at 121 E. Olin Ave. also remains closed to the public.

Only Two Vehicles in Drop-off Area at Single Time

In an effort to help residents maintain social distance from each other and Streets Division staff, only two vehicles will be allowed into the unloading area of the drop-off sites.

Residents visiting the sites should expect to encounter lines and long wait times before being allowed to use the drop-off sites.

Residents are encouraged to have their proof of Madison residency ready, and all items requiring a fee sticker for disposal should have the sticker prior to arrival at the sites. These steps will help keep the line moving.

Modified Drop-off Site Hours

The drop-off site hours will be different than in years past.  These hours will remain in effect until further notice.

Residents must unload and depart from the drop-off sites by the posted closing times. No unloading is allowed after or before the hours of operation.

Staff will allow vehicles into the unloading area up to 10 minutes before the closing time. All others waiting in line at that time will be directed to return another day. This will ensure that all residents have unloaded their vehicles and exited the facility in time.

The new drop-off site hours of operation are as follows:

  • Monday – 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday – 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday – 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Thursday - 7 :30am to 3:00pm
  • Friday – 7:30am to 3:00pm
  • Saturday – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed.

Recycling Fee Stickers Must Be Purchased in Advance

The Streets Division offices remain closed for walk-in customer service.

All items that require a fee sticker, like televisions, must be purchased before arriving at the drop-off sites.

Items that require a sticker must have it affixed to them to be accepted. A confirmation email of an online purchase is not sufficient to drop off an item that requires a recycling fee sticker. The sticker must be on the item.

Information on which items that require a fee sticker and how to purchase them can be found on the Streets Division website and the Recyclopedia.

All Drop-off Site Rules Remain in Effect

Drop-off sites are for City of Madison residents and taxpayers only. Contractors may not use the drop-off sites.

Residents are restricted to one load of material that would fit into the back of a standard-pickup truck or small trailer. Oversized loads will be denied use of the sites.

Residents will also be restricted to one trip a day.

A chart of what can be accepted at the drop-off sites can be found on the Streets Division's website.

REMINDER - Virtual Neighborhood Meeting - Proposed Redevelopment of 5567 Odana Road (4/23)

Tomorrow, (Thursday, April 23, 2020) from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm, Alder Furman and Alder Henak will host a virtual neighborhood meeting where we will hear about McGrath Property Group's redevelopment proposal for 5567 Odana Road, site of the former BMO Bank drive-up banking branch. McGrath proposes to demolish the existing building and drive-up structure and construct a new, five-story, mixed-use project that would consist of first-floor parking and retail/commercial space and four stories of residential (79 units).

More details:


As always, if there is anything I can do to help, feel free to reach out:

-Keith F

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